noun Brit. informal hooliganism or troublemaking: [as modifier] a bovver boy.
1960s: cockney pronunciation of bother.

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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 (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 boy — noun 1. A member of a gang of hooligans in the habit of engaging in street fights using heavy, hobnailed boots (bovver boots) to kick their opponents 2. A troublemaker, esp one who uses rough methods • • • Main Entry: ↑bovver …   Useful english dictionary

  • bovver boots — noun Stout lace up boots, especially Dr. Martens, perceived to be worn for the purpose of kicking people in fights, and popular with skinheads or other troublemakers out looking for bovver (working class pronunciation of bother , in the sense of… …   Wiktionary

  • bovver-boy — n a. a youth, particularly a skinhead, who enjoys fighting and conflict and is always attempting to provoke trouble. A coinage, based on the noun bovver, from the late 1960s. b. someone who is brought in to do a dif ficult job, a trouble shooter …   Contemporary slang

  • bovver boot — /ˈbɒvə but/ (say bovuh booht) noun British Colloquial 1. a type of heavy boot, as worn in street fights. 2. the girlfriend of a bovver boy …  

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