be- (“thoroughly”) + bother
bebother (third-person singular simple present bebothers, present participle bebothering, simple past and past participle bebothered)
- To bring trouble upon.
- The lady did not want to bebother her stylist for an extravagant dress design.
- 1896, Sabine Baring-Gould, The Broom-Squire, 1905, page 6,
- “There is brass for all. Just home, paid off—and find my wife dead—and me saddled with the yowling kid. I’m off to sea again. Don’t see no sport widering here all bebothered with a baby.”
1908, Edward Lear, Letters of Edward Lear to Chichester Fortescue, Lord Carlingford, and Frances, Countess Waldegrave, page 114:
- At present I am all upside down—nohow—bebothered—& can only write this much.
1990, Pieter-Dirk Uys, A Part Hate, A Part Love: The Biography of Evita Bezuidenhout, page 185:
- ‘ […] But above all ... above all, you are the bewitching bebothering and bewildering Evita!'