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 troubling
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.
What is most troubling is our – and I do mean “our” and not “their” – never treating these situations as learning opportunities.
Which was sweet and also troubling, because it meant that I have never shut up about wanting to be Peter Pan.The Cast of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Knows You Hatewatched ‘The Sound of Music’|Kevin Fallon|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These are two in a laundry list of troubling connections between the two companies.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
None of this would be so troubling if the use of zero-days in Stuxnet were an isolated event.
Sumner sat with his head bowed, when a comrade approaching and seeing that something was troubling him, inquired the cause.The Story of a Confederate boy in the Civil War|David E. Johnston
"That is what is troubling me considerably," replied Whittinghame.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
And if you do not care about the result, life, like vulgar fractions and the wicked, ceases from troubling.Mammon and Co.|E. F. Benson
"I hope you will excuse my troubling you," said Mr. Toogood.The Last Chronicle of Barset|Anthony Trollope
For pictured there in place of depression, self-pity, troubling self-consciousness, she found sparkle and joy.Suzanna Stirs the Fire|Emily Calvin Blake
- political unrest or public disturbances
- the Troubles political violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
Word Origin 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.
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