bovver


bovver
/bov"euhr/, n. Brit. Slang.
troublemaking or rowdiness by street gang youths.
[1965-70; repr. Cockney pron. of BOTHER (n.), prob. orig. as a euphemism]

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  • bovver — 1969, Cockney pronunciation of BOTHER (Cf. bother) trouble (q.v.), given wide extended usage in skinhead slang …   Etymology dictionary

  • bovver — • trouble, usually fighting. Also bovver boots large lace up boots worn by thugs (especially skinheads) and bovver boys boys that cause the bovver mate ! …   Londonisms dictionary

  • BOVVER — n. Brit. sl. deliberate troublemaking. Phrases and idioms: bovver boot a heavy laced boot worn typically by skinheads. bovver boy a violent hooligan. Etymology: cockney pronunc. of BOTHER …   Useful english dictionary

  • bovver — bov|ver [ˈbɔvə US ˈba:vər] n [U] BrE informal old fashioned violent behaviour, especially by a group of young men bovver boy (=someone who behaves in a violent way) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bovver — n British trouble, aggro. A spelling, in imitation of a London accent, of bother in its menacing euphemistic sense of physical violence or extreme aggravation. You want bovver? was the standard challenge issued by skinheads …   Contemporary slang

  • bovver — noun Brit. informal hooliganism or troublemaking: [as modifier] a bovver boy. Origin 1960s: cockney pronunciation of bother …   English new terms dictionary

  • bovver — noun (U) BrE old fashioned slang violent behaviour, especially by a group of young men: bovver boy (=someone who behaves in a violent way) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bovver — noun Bother, in the sense of trouble (meaning aggression, violence) …   Wiktionary

  • bovver — bov·ver || bÉ’vÉ™ n. troublemaking, aggressive behavior, threatening behavior …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bovver — Noun. Trouble. A corruption of bother, derived from cockney pronounciation …   English slang and colloquialisms


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