Infest vs Bother - What's the difference?

infest | bother |

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

fuss, ado.

As an interjection bother is

a mild expression of annoyance.




(en verb)
  • To inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers
  • Insects are infesting my basement!
  • (pathology, of a parasite) To invade a host plant or animal
  • Synonyms



    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing
  • (Spenser)


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    (en verb)
  • To annoy, to disturb, to irritate.
  • Would it bother you if I smoked?
  • To feel care or anxiety; to make or take trouble; to be troublesome.
  • Why do I even bother to try?
  • * Henry James
  • without bothering about it
  • To do something which is of negligible inconvenience.
  • You didn't even bother to close the door.


    * (annoy, disturb ): annoy, disturb, irritate, put out, vex * See also

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive'' or the ''gerund (-ing) . See


  • Fuss, ado.
  • There was a bit of bother at the hairdresser's when they couldn't find my appointment in the book.
  • * '>citation
  • Trouble, inconvenience.
  • 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 '' 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