Infest vs Bother - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between infest and bother
is that infest
is to inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers while bother
is to annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
As an adjective infest
is (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing.
As a noun bother is
As an interjection bother is
a mild expression of annoyance.
To inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers
(pathology, of a parasite) To invade a host plant or animal
- Insects are infesting my basement!
(obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing
To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
- Would it bother you if I smoked?
* Henry James
- Why do I even bother to try?
To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.
- without bothering about it
- You didn't even bother to close the door.
* (annoy, disturb ): annoy, disturb, irritate, put out, vex
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* This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive'' or the ''gerund (-ing) . See
- There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser's when they couldn't find my appointment in the book.
- Yes, I can do that for you - it's no bother .
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 !"
* blast, dang (US ), darn