bother vs fuss what difference

what is difference between bother and fuss

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Scots bauther, bather (to bother). Origin unknown. Perhaps related to Scots pother (to make a stir or commotion, bustle), also of unknown origin. Compare English pother (to poke, prod), variant of potter (to poke). More at potter. Perhaps related to Irish bodhaire (noise), Irish bodhraim (to deafen, annoy).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bŏʹ-thər, IPA(key): /ˈbɒðəɹ/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): [ˈbɔðə(ɹ)]
  • (UK) IPA(key): [ˈbɒðə(ɹ)]
    • Rhymes: -ɒðə(r)
  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈbɑðɚ]

Verb

bother (third-person singular simple present bothers, present participle bothering, simple past and past participle bothered)

  1. (transitive) To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
  2. (intransitive) To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
  3. (intransitive) To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive or the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Synonyms

  • (annoy): annoy, disturb, irritate, put out, vex; see also Thesaurus:annoy
  • (make or take trouble): care, mind; see also Thesaurus:care

Derived terms

  • bebother

Descendants

  • Jersey Dutch: boddere

Translations

References

Noun

bother (countable and uncountable, plural bothers)

  1. Fuss, ado.
    There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser’s when they couldn’t find my appointment in the book.
  2. Trouble, inconvenience.
    Yes, I can do that for you – it’s no bother.

Synonyms

  • (fuss, ado): See also Thesaurus:commotion
  • (trouble, inconvenience): See also Thesaurus:nuisance

Derived terms

  • bothersome
  • spot of bother

Translations

Interjection

bother!

  1. A mild expression of annoyance.
    • 1926, A A Milne, Winnie the Pooh, Methuen & Co., Ltd., Chapter 2 …in which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place:
      “Oh, help!” said Pooh. “I’d better go back.”
      “Oh, bother!” said Pooh. “I shall have to go on.”
      “I can’t do either!” said Pooh. “Oh, help and bother!”

Synonyms

  • botheration, blast, dang (US), darn, drat, phooey, fiddlesticks

Translations

Related terms

  • be bothered
  • bothered
  • bothersome

Anagrams

  • Hobert, boreth


English

Etymology

Of unknown origin. Perhaps from Danish fjas (nonsense), from Middle Low German (compare German faseln (to maunder, talk nonsense))

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fʌs/
  • Rhymes: -ʌs

Noun

fuss (countable and uncountable, plural fusses)

  1. (countable or uncountable) Excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something.
    • 1882, Thomas Carlyle, Reminiscences
  2. A complaint or noise; a scene.
  3. An exhibition of affection or admiration.

Translations

Verb

fuss (third-person singular simple present fusses, present participle fussing, simple past and past participle fussed)

  1. (intransitive) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
    His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
  2. (intransitive) To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust
    Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
  3. (intransitive, especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
  4. (intransitive, with over) To show affection for, especially animals.
  5. (transitive) To pet.
    He fussed the cat.

Usage notes

  • Generally used with with, over, or about.

Translations

Derived terms

  • fussbudget
  • fussbutton
  • fusspot
  • fussy
  • fuss and bother
  • no muss no fuss

References

Anagrams

  • USSF

Hungarian

Alternative forms

  • fussál

Etymology

fut (to run) +‎ -j (personal suffix)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfuʃː]
  • Hyphenation: fuss
  • Rhymes: -uʃː

Verb

fuss

  1. second-person singular subjunctive present indefinite of fut

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