Translation of bother in Spanish:


molestar, v.

Pronunciation /ˈbɑðər//ˈbɒðə/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (annoy, irritate)
    does my smoking bother you? ¿te molesta que fume?
    • sorry to bother you perdone (que lo moleste)
    • She saw Nathan with his eyes shut in deep concentration and knew something was troubling him, but chose not to bother him just yet.
    • They managed this with no fuss and without interrupting or bothering us in any way.
    • Sorry to bother you again, but I've just finished Good Omens, a book I've been meaning to read for about eight years.
    • Sorry if I'm bothering you or anything, but after seeing you the other day I've wanted to talk to you.
    • I'm sorry to bother you so late, but I am wondering if I can talk to you, privately?
    • It was a rather rough-looking chap who said, ‘Sorry to bother you but we're in the area and we're selling fresh fish’.
    • I can remember saying to the operator ‘I'm very sorry to bother you but I think my house is on fire’.
    • I'm sorry to bother you but I wondered if I could speak to you for a moment.
    • His parents, knowing where they could find him and that he was staying out of trouble, didn't bother him.
    • The motorist felt that my time would be better spent booking the speeding students who were attending the college and not bothering him and inconveniencing him in his motor repairs.
    • I don't want to bother my parents, they have enough trouble with my sick brother.
    • I'm sorry to bother you but there's something I need to ask you.
    • That would save me the trouble of needing to bother anyone.
    • I'm terribly sorry for bothering you all and for giving you such a fright.
    • You just need to be a little more relaxed yourself as you go through and not let the additional inconvenience bother you.
    • Sorry to bother you with such a rudimentary question.
    • And Grace never wanted to bother anybody, never wanted to inconvenience people.
    • She kept redialing and the interruptions didn't seem to bother her.
    • I'm really sorry to bother you with this, Katrina.
    • The inconvenience did not bother me nearly as much as the attitude with which I was treated.
  • 2

    darle la lata a informal
    stop bothering me! ¡deja de molestarme
    • she's always bothering me for money siempre está molestándome / fastidiándome para que le dé dinero
  • 3

    (worry, trouble)
    nothing seems to bother her nada parece preocuparla
    • what's bothering you? ¿qué te pasa?
    • his silence bothers me su silencio me preocupa
    • she's very quiet, but don't let it bother you es muy callada, no te inquietes por ello
    • she can do what she likes, it doesn't bother me! que haga lo que quiera, me tiene sin cuidado / no me importa
    • don't bother your head about it no le des más vueltas
    • to bother oneself about sth/sb preocuparse por algo/algn
    • to bother oneself with sth ocuparse de algo
    • The accident bothered me most because I felt like I had let the team down and I tore up a really fast car.
    • There is so much that could be said about this article, but there is a specific issue that really bothered me.
    • They know what finals football is all about so the occasion won't bother us.
    • What is bothering me is that issue of lack of moral equivalence.
    • In fact, it's not even the event which has bothered me the most in recent history.
    • At least her little sister had decided not to let Darla's outburst bother her.
    • In play therapy it was possible to get clues on the issues bothering the child.
    • The people who should be providing us with these services are not sensitive enough to the real issues and that bothers me.
    • He permitted himself to think that it was the abruptness of events that bothered him.
    • Steve Waugh, the Australian captain, commented that the margin of victory did not bother him.
    • Part of the suspicion is of course because it's something that's a new way of doing things, and change always bothers some people.
    • The publisher has attended past award gala events, but only this year's event seemed to bother him, even though there was no change in the format or time devoted to the recipients.
    • Those few occasions didn't bother her, although she didn't get anything out of them.
    • But the Gateshead Harrier, who finished sixth when he last competed at the championships in 1993, said the early start will not bother him.
    • This comment, though it might've been different under other circumstances, did not bother me at all.
    • I don't feel the pressure and the worries don't really bother me too much.
    • Although Kenneth's absence did bother him, the circumstances of his father's death were his main concern.
    • Wherever I go it's always an event, which actually bothers me because it means I cannot fail that trust, which is in fact a burden.
    • If violence and death bother you, quit reading now please.
    • It is obvious this issue is still bothering you and until you really let him know how you feel he will always manage to walk all over you.
  • 4

    (make effort)
    not to bother -ing
    • don't bother writing a long letter no hace falta que escribas una carta larga
    • I don't bother cooking any more ya no me molesto en cocinar
    • to bother to + inf molestarse en + inf
    • he didn't even bother to tell me ni siquiera se molestó en decírmelo
    • I think you shouldn't bother with photos or video.
    • Now that I've finished it, I think it'll be a long time before I bother playing it again.
    • He found it strange to bother with a lock when there was a hole in the window big enough for a man to climb through.
    • They're a link back to the days when nobody bothered to lock their back doors and everyone grew vegetables.
    • I didn't bother with the included software, as the drivers were already loaded.
    • Soon, nobody will bother with such outdated languages at all, especially after the Revolution comes.
    • Why would I bother to read it?
    • My companion seemed not to bother with any of the trappings of image which worry other girls of her age and for that her cool image was boosted.
    • Nobody was out, so why bother with trying to find a model?
    • If you can't bother to train, don't bother to race!
    • Apparently, no one cared enough about this old house to even bother with locking the door.
    • Dont bother asking about the mystery ingredient.
    • Don't bother with the scenic railway, grumped the driver who picked us up from the Megalong Valley once we'd landed.
    • If you're not having a problem, then why bother seeking advice, right?
    • You thought that some of the volunteers were too much trouble to bother with after you messed them about last year.
    • Why bother to vote?
    • In fact, by the next election this should all be so automated that I won't even have to bother to show up.
    • We paid a brief visit to Highland Park, but didn't bother with the distillery tour (when you've seen one, you've seen them all).
    • Running up the steps, I didn't bother with the keys, just pushed the door open.
    • Why should you bother investigating alternate insurance coverage for your business?

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (make effort)
    you shouldn't have bothered no debiste haberte molestado
    • why bother? ¿para qué (molestarse)?
    • I don't usually bother with lunch normalmente no como nada al mediodía
    • I sometimes wonder why I bother! ¡a veces no sé por qué me molesto!
  • 2

    to bother about sth/sb preocuparse por algo/algn
    • I don't know why you bother about him! ¡no sé por qué te preocupas por él!


  • 1

    (trouble) molestia feminine
    (work) trabajo masculine
    (problems) problemas masculine
    it's no bother no es ninguna molestia
    • I don't want to put you to any bother no quiero causarte ninguna molestia / darte trabajo
    • it isn't worth the bother no vale la pena
    • this car's giving us a lot of bother este coche nos está dando muchos problemas
    • to have bother (with sth/sb) tener problemas (con algo/algn)
    • we had a lot of bother with the car tuvimos muchísimos problemas con el coche
    • did you have any bother at customs? ¿tuviste algún problema en la aduana?
    • a spot of bother un problemita
    • If you agree with her point of view, it's no bother; if not, it can be difficult.
    • Everybody was given certainty about that, and there was no fuss or bother, so why did the Government not do the same with regard to the seabed issue?
    • Every year since they have been here they have been in bother but they have stayed out of trouble so far this season.
    • Apart from that, the economy can deliver, without much bother, fuss or promotion.
    • A year earlier the players had presented a programme of works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart without any fuss or bother.
    • Throughout all the fuss and bother, the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft has been quietly going about its work of photographing the entire planet.
    • A third goal at that stage would have saved Rangers a lot of bother.
    • In doing that we not only save ourselves a lot of bother but we also gain space in the room and it won't feel anywhere near as crowded as it was going to.
    • They left to find another bus stop because they ‘didn't want any bother or trouble.’
    • The fuss and bother came after his death in 1994, at the age of 62.
    • A woman who turned 104 last Thursday had just one wish for her birthday - she didn't want any fuss or bother.
    • He interviews himself, which does save a lot of bother.
    • Later, based on this incident and a few others we'd witnessed, my friend and I concluded that avoiding crying saved a lot of bother.
    • I couldn't believe he hadn't done that and saved all this bother.
    • We'd save an awful lot of bother if we just took it.
    • It could have saved itself all this bother, of course, if it had kept the name in the first place.
    • He said a special gate had been reserved for these fans to enter the stadium without any undue fuss or bother.
    • I should give some credit to the former Mayor of Auckland, John Banks, who made such a fuss and bother.
    • Point-and-shoot cameras are ideal for this kind of photography, because they let you react quickly with little fuss or bother.
    • Getting rid of all the fuss and bother or hassle of looking after your contact lenses, it becomes part of the body and it's not an invasive procedure.
  • 2

    (troublesome thing, person)
    if it isn't too much of a bother for you si no es mucho problema / demasiada molestia para usted
    • it's a bother having to go home again ¡qué fastidio tener que volver a casa!
    • I'm sorry to be a bother perdone la molestia
    • So our old natures rebel and we let them know in subtle little ways that they are a bother.
    • The black marks were a bother.
    • Isn’t that uniform a bother to you, with people always coming up to you?” my brother asked.
    • She did it without complaining because she didn't want to be a bother.
    • The truth is, I'd hate to be a bother to her or my son.



  • 1

    bother (it)! ¡maldito sea! informal
    • bother that car! ¡maldito coche!