1. A commotion; a disturbance.
2. A state of nervous activity; a fuss.
3. A cloud of smoke or dust that chokes or smothers.
v. poth·ered, poth·er·ing, poth·ers
To make confused; trouble; worry.
To be overly concerned with trifles; fuss.
[Early Modern English pudder, pother, of unknown origin.]
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