- to disturb the mental calm and contentment of; worry; distress; agitate.
- to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like: May I trouble you to shut the door?
- to cause bodily pain, discomfort, or disorder to; afflict: to be troubled by arthritis.
- to annoy, vex, or bother: Don't trouble her with petty complaints now.
- to disturb, agitate, or stir up so as to make turbid, as water or wine: A heavy gale troubled the ocean waters.
- to put oneself to inconvenience, extra effort, or the like.
- to be distressed or agitated mentally; worry: She always troubled over her son's solitariness.
- difficulty, annoyance, or harassment: It would be no trouble at all to advise you.
- unfortunate or distressing position, circumstance, or occurrence; misfortune: Financial trouble may threaten security.
- civil disorder, disturbance, or conflict: political trouble in the new republic; labor troubles.
- a physical disorder, disease, ailment, etc.; ill health: heart trouble; stomach trouble.
- mental or emotional disturbance or distress; worry: Trouble and woe were her lot in life.
- an instance of this: some secret trouble weighing on his mind; a mother who shares all her children's troubles.
- effort, exertion, or pains in doing something; inconvenience endured in accomplishing some action, deed, etc.: The results were worth the trouble it took.
- an objectionable feature; problem; drawback: The trouble with your proposal is that it would be too costly to implement.
- something or someone that is a cause or source of disturbance, distress, annoyance, etc.
- a personal habit or trait that is a disadvantage or a cause of mental distress: His greatest trouble is oversensitivity.
- the Troubles,
- the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
- the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
- in trouble, Informal. pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).
Origin of trouble
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- a state or condition of mental distress or anxiety
- a state or condition of disorder or unrestindustrial trouble
- a condition of disease, pain, or malfunctioningshe has liver trouble
- a cause of distress, disturbance, or pain; problemwhat is the trouble?
- effort or exertion taken to do somethinghe took a lot of trouble over this design
- liability to suffer punishment or misfortune (esp in the phrase be in trouble)he's in trouble with the police
- a personal quality that is regarded as a weakness, handicap, or cause of annoyancehis trouble is that he's too soft
- political unrest or public disturbances
- the Troublespolitical violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
- the condition of an unmarried girl who becomes pregnant (esp in the phrase in trouble)
- (tr) to cause trouble to; upset, pain, or worry
- (intr usually with a negative and foll by about) to put oneself to inconvenience; be concerneddon't trouble about me
- (intr; usually with a negative) to take pains; exert oneselfplease don't trouble to write everything down
- (tr) to cause inconvenience or discomfort todoes this noise trouble you?
- (tr; usually passive) to agitate or make roughthe seas were troubled
- (tr) Caribbean to interfere withhe wouldn't like anyone to trouble his new bicycle
Word Origin and History for over-trouble
early 13c., from Old French trubler (11c.), metathesis of turbler, from Vulgar Latin *turbulare, from Late Latin turbidare "to trouble, make turbid," from Latin turbidus (see turbid). Related: Troubled; troubling.
c.1200, "agitation of the mind, emotional turmoil," from Old French truble, related to trubler (see trouble (v.)). From early 15c. as "a concern, a cause for worry." The Troubles in reference to times of violence and unrest in Ireland is attested from 1880, in reference to the rebellion of 1640s.