- 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 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
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
- 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 troubled
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.