One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]Northern English
1Make a fuss; moan.‘oh men—don't they mither?’
protest, grumble, moan, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fussView synonyms
- ‘Once, on holiday in Leeds, it was pouring with rain and me and my brother were mithering because we were bored, so Dad decided we'd go to the central bus depot and catch the first bus that came in.’
- ‘We can tut, mither, and blame them for why our athletes are absolutely rubbish.’
- ‘But what's the point of endlessly mithering on about that?’
- ‘It was sufficient however to cause the stampede to now flow in the opposite direction as the crowd mithered around and then scattered in all four directions of town.’
- ‘They way he tells it you'd think we were all of us permanently roaming about the land in sackcloth and ashes, wailing and mithering.’
- 1.1with object Pester or irritate (someone)‘the pile of bills would mither her whenever she felt good’
badger, hound, annoy, bother, harass, trouble, plague, irritate, irk, chivvy, keep afterView synonyms
- ‘They haven't stopped mithering our mailbox since.’
- ‘What I cannot deal with is mithering colleagues who constantly bombard you with their insane comments or ways of working.’
- ‘I really want to ring Helena, but I feel as though I have been mithering her too much recently.’
- ‘I mither everybody to death and get on people's nerves.’
- ‘He's like a sulky teenager if you try to shift him before 6.20 am during the week, but if you're not out of bed and getting his breakfast by 6.30 at the weekend, he comes mithering me to get up.’
Late 17th century: of unknown origin; compare with Welsh moedrodd ‘to worry, bother’.
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