- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- 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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with trouble
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