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 troubleddistraught, puzzled, distressed, unsettled, concerned, confused, anxious, pained, disturbed, agitated, bothered, frightened, scared, irritated, tortured, neurotic, afflicted, perturbed, displeased, discombobulated
Examples from the Web for troubled
Contemporary Examples of troubled
But South Koreans have a troubled history with American intervention in Korean markets.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
They wrote about subjects that they knew intimately, or that troubled or fascinated them, which is what all novelists do.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
Yet here we are, dispensing another dollop of inhumanity to some of the most troubled and despised people in America.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
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
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of troubled
They were both silent for a few moments; and Eudora's countenance was troubled.
The unaccountable change in Eudora's character perplexed and troubled her.
It was an element of spasmodic conscience than he saw here, and it troubled him.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It troubled him—the insistent feeling of the eyes which had been upon him.Way of the Lawless
I was, in a manner, forced to work, yet I was uneasy and troubled in my mind.Biography of a Slave
- 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