verb (used with object), trou·bled, trou·bling.
verb (used without object), trou·bled, trou·bling.
- the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
- the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
Origin of trouble
Synonyms for trouble
Antonyms for trouble
Related Words for troublepredicament, stress, anxiety, pain, unrest, mess, danger, inconvenience, strife, strain, difficulty, suffering, disturbance, struggle, woe, dilemma, problem, disorder, concern, hardship
Examples from the Web for trouble
Contemporary Examples of trouble
Freedom of speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
The Lion Air captain had left his rookie copilot to make the landing until he realized he was in trouble.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
For years, Brooke even had trouble finding a publisher for his memoir, which was ultimately accepted by Rutgers University Press.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
We are 80 percent Putin supporters today and tomorrow Khodorkovsky or Navalny might come to power and I will be in trouble.Russia’s Rebel In Chief Escapes House Arrest
December 30, 2014
But other states, especially Russia, have had trouble adjusting to a market economy, degenerating into massive kleptocracies.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of trouble
The trouble is that we've just had to cut that fine old New York family off our list.
Not only that, but he would get into trouble with Mr. Paine on account of the damage which it had received.
You will probably see me out again in a few days, if you take the trouble to look.
If he hadn't insulted me, he wouldn't have got into trouble.
He was forced to admit that the girl still had power to trouble him.
- 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
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trouble
- trouble one's head with
- trouble someone for
- borrow trouble
- fish in troubled waters
- go to the trouble
- in trouble with
- pour oil on troubled waters