trouble

[ truhb-uhl ]
/ ˈtrʌb əl /
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verb (used with object), trou·bled, trou·bling.

verb (used without object), trou·bled, trou·bling.

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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. trotyl,
  2. trou-de-loup,
  3. troubadour,
  4. troubadours,
  5. troubetzkoy,
  6. trouble man,
  7. trouble one's head with,
  8. trouble someone for,
  9. trouble spot,
  10. troubled

Idioms

    in trouble, Informal. pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).

Origin of trouble

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English troublen < Old French troubler < Vulgar Latin *turbulare, derivative of *turbulus turbid, back formation from Latin turbulentus turbulent; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, derivative of troubler

Related forms

Synonym study

14. See care.

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British Dictionary definitions for troubling

trouble

/ (ˈtrʌbəl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formstroubled, adjectivetroubler, noun

Word Origin for trouble

C13: from Old French troubler, from Vulgar Latin turbulāre (unattested), from Late Latin turbidāre, from turbidus confused, from turba commotion

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Word Origin and History for troubling
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Idioms and Phrases with troubling

trouble

In addition to the idioms beginning with trouble

  • trouble one's head with
  • trouble someone for

also see:

  • borrow trouble
  • fish in troubled waters
  • go to the trouble
  • in trouble with
  • pour oil on troubled waters
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