Meaning of “bothered” in the English Dictionary

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"bothered" in British English

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botheredadjective [ after verb ]

uk /ˈbɒð.əd/ us /ˈbɑː.ðɚd/

B2 If you are bothered about something, it is important to you and you are worried about it:

He's very bothered about what people think of him.
They were an hour late and she didn't seem at all bothered.
The bright sunshine made him feel hot and bothered (= hot and uncomfortable).
not bothered UK informal

If you are not bothered about something, it is not important to you or does not worry you:

"Tea or coffee?" "Either - I'm not bothered."
I'm not bothered whether I go or not.

More examples

  • I thought Mum would be furious when I told her, but she didn't seem particularly bothered.
  • What are you so bothered about? The car isn't damaged or anything.
  • The star says he's not bothered by the personal attacks on him that have appeared in the press recently.
  • "I thought you wanted to go out." "No, I'm not really bothered."
  • He was more bothered about missing the train than about getting me to hospital.

(Definition of “bothered” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)