- marked by symptoms of mental illness: a disturbed personality.
- agitated or distressed; disrupted: disturbed seas; a disturbed situation.
- (used with a plural verb) persons who exhibit symptoms of neurosis or psychosis (usually preceded by the).
Origin of disturbed
- to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of; unsettle.
- to interfere with; interrupt; hinder: Please do not disturb me when I'm working.
- to interfere with the arrangement, order, or harmony of; disarrange: to disturb the papers on her desk.
- to perplex; trouble: to be disturbed by strange behavior.
- to cause disturbance to someone's sleep, rest, etc.: Do not disturb.
Origin of disturb
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Examples from the Web for disturbed
Are you endlessly fascinated by the human condition or disturbed by it?The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
Disturbed by these suppositions and deciding not to tell my wife, I made the tea and took the tray to the bedroom.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
While Gibbs was clearly a disturbed individual, his followers appear to have been a bunch of ordinary young soldiers.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
She told me she was disturbed that any program would host him.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Actually, “creeped out” and “disturbed” would be better descriptors for the decidedly mixed reaction.Michael Jackson's Crazy Billboard Awards Performance and More Hologram Wins and Fails (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast
May 19, 2014
“His reverence is taking his after-dinner nap and may not be disturbed,” said the man.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
At Nicolosi their rest was disturbed by the distant booming of the mountain.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"But just look at it from my point of view," said the major, disturbed by the appeal.Weighed and Wanting
Also, during the cooling, it should not be disturbed in any way.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The surface of the table is in no way interfered with or disturbed.
- psychiatry emotionally upset, troubled, or maladjusted
- to intrude on; interrupt
- to destroy or interrupt the quietness or peace of
- to disarrange; muddle
- (often passive) to upset or agitate; troubleI am disturbed at your bad news
- to inconvenience; put outdon't disturb yourself on my account
Word Origin and History for disturbed
past participle adjective from disturb. Meaning "emotionally or mentally unstable" is from 1904.
c.1300, "to stop or hinder," from Old French destorber (Old North French distourber) and directly from Latin disturbare "throw into disorder," from dis- "completely" (see dis-) + turbare "to disorder, disturb," from turba "turmoil" (see turbid).
Meaning "to frighten" is late 13c.; that of "to stir up, agitate" is c.1300. Related: Disturbed; disturbing; disturbingly. Middle English also had distourbler (n.) "one who disturbs or incites" (late 14c.).