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.
- trouble man,
- trouble one's head with,
- trouble someone for,
- trouble spot,
Origin of trouble
Examples from the Web for troubled
But South Koreans have a troubled history with American intervention in Korean markets.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They wrote about subjects that they knew intimately, or that troubled or fascinated them, which is what all novelists do.
But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It|Abby Haglage|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet here we are, dispensing another dollop of inhumanity to some of the most troubled and despised people in America.
The first story featured a man who hires Dr. Strange to help interpret his troubled dreams.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician|Rich Goldstein|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How did you know, or I either, that they may not be very jolly fellows, and not in the least troubled with philosophic doubts?Hypatia|Charles Kingsley
She seemed to be troubled with some haunting suspicion that this was not an orthodox cat.
Besides, I hardly think that either he or his agent would have troubled to carry away an empty basin as a momento of the deed.The Tree of Knowledge|Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
She took it quietly, but deeply, which troubled my private sense of relief, and indeed turned it into something very like regret.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
And Lady Joan soon found that she was not in a set that troubled itself much about the suffering poor.At The Relton Arms|Evelyn Sharp
- 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
in reference to waters, etc., late 14c., past participle adjective from trouble (v.).
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