One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A commotion or fuss.‘don't make such a pother!’
commotion, uproar, outcry, disturbance, hubbub, hurly-burly, fuss, upset, tumult, brouhaha, palaver, to-do, turmoil, tempest, agitation, pandemonium, confusionView synonyms
- ‘My wife asked me if I could tell her what all that pother was about.’
- ‘The pother she makes is so great, she might be the Queen of France.’
- ‘Why should an old woman at midnight in a deserted back alley adding a few drops to the Niagara of urine that flows through Casterbridge gutters cause such a pother?’
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
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