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Definition of "pother" []

  • A commotion; a disturbance. (noun)
  • A state of nervous activity; a fuss. (noun)
  • A cloud of smoke or dust that chokes or smothers. (noun)
  • To make confused; trouble; worry. (verb-transitive)
  • To be overly concerned with trifles; fuss. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pother" in a sentence
  • "The damsel, now-a-days, who marries a lad younger than herself, is laying up a large stock of pother, which is to bother her when she becomes thirty -- for even young ladies, you know, after forty, may become thirty."
  • "At the poem's centre is a debate about "exact thinking", and how such thinking translates into action, and whether emotion as opposed to reason is ever a justifiable ground for action, and whether action is ever worth it in the first place - though of course if were to be so, then it must first be based on absolutely exact thinking - and, as any sensible reader will swiftly deduce, this is exactly the sort of over-analytical "pother" (Claude's word) which is most discouraging to a woman who might be inclined to think that you might be inclined to be in love with her."
  • "Therefore we have on hand an IBM Selectric for addressing envelopes and writing notes without the pother of computer printers."