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Annoying; troublesome:‘most childhood stomach aches, though bothersome, aren't serious’
annoying, irritating, irking, vexing, vexatious, maddening, exasperating, tedious, wearisome, tiresometroublesome, trying, taxing, awkward, difficult, tricky, thorny, knottyaggravating, pesky, cussed, confounded, infernal, pestiferous, plaguy, pestilent, pestilentialView synonyms
- ‘Sometimes walks over farmland can be bothersome with beasts, barbed wire and all.’
- ‘Many young people prefer looking good and playing computer games to all that bothersome physical activity.’
- ‘I had strange, bothersome dreams last night that are still playing in my head.’
- ‘And I think that the result says something bothersome about the times in which we are living.’
- ‘Commitment-phobes are all quite hurtful, but I find the last type most bothersome.’
- ‘Cutting it back is a necessary but bothersome task which I dread each year.’
- ‘In defenders' eyes, he may appear bothersome, but the man himself is keeping his aspirations in check.’
- ‘I wasn't sure quite what was so bothersome about it - other than the obvious obnoxiousness, of course.’
- ‘Then, out of the clear blue, I got hit with a bothersome respiratory and gastric malady that laid me down.’
- ‘To make things even more complicated, there's the bothersome business of fuel consumption and reliability.’
- ‘Their logic dictates that the chances of bothersome winter postponements are reduced by propelling matches forwards.’
- ‘Both species begin to annoy us more with the onset of warmer weather and become quite bothersome if not kept under control.’
- ‘It is also an invitation to all those bothersome insect pests, which bite and annoy us, to join in on the activities.’
- ‘That's the kind of lid it would like to keep on bothersome information.’
- ‘That's an extreme view, but things have undoubtedly become more bothersome for the trade.’
- ‘The most bothersome taxi ride was with a guy who didn't post his credentials and who didn't run his meter.’
- ‘Then I was stricken by one of those pre-emptive wake-ups that are usually so bothersome.’
- ‘Human skin particles, pollen, and smoke are all part of this bothersome brew of irritants.’
- ‘Babies are supposed to take naps during the day, which can sometimes be bothersome if you want to live a thing called life.’
- ‘Loud noises are bothersome, except when they come from you or your friends.’
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