Definition of bother exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɒðə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːðər//
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(British English, informal) used to express the fact that you are annoyed about something/somebody Bother! I've left my wallet at home. Oh, bother him! He's never around when you need him. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a noun in the dialect sense ‘noise, chatter’): of Anglo-Irish origin; probably related to Irish bodhaire ‘noise’, bodhraim ‘deafen, annoy’. The verb (originally dialect) meant ‘confuse with noise’ in the early 18th cent.