Trouble Definition

trŭbəl
troubled, troubles, troubling
noun
troubles
A state of mental distress; worry.
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A misfortune; calamity; mishap.
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A distressing or difficult happening or situation.
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A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
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A condition of being out of order, needing repair, etc.
Tire trouble.
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verb
troubled, troubles, troubling
To cause to be anxious or worried.
Was troubled by the decline in sales.
American Heritage
To cause pain or discomfort to; afflict.
My back troubled me.
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To cause mental agitation to; worry; harass; perturb; vex.
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To disturb or agitate.
Troubled waters.
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To make an effort; take pains; bother.
Don't trouble to return it.
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idiom
in trouble
  • pregnant when unmarried
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the Troubles
  • the civil unrest in Ireland, c. 1919-23
  • the civil unrest in Northern Ireland, from about 1967
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trouble someone for
  • to ask someone to pass, hand, give, etc. (something) to one
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Other Word Forms of Trouble

Noun

Singular:
trouble
Plural:
troubles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Trouble

Origin of Trouble

  • Verb is from Middle English troublen, trublen, turblen, troble, from Old French troubler, trobler, trubler, metethetic variants of Old French tourbler, torbler, turbler, from Medieval Latin *turbulāre, from Latin turbula (“disorderly group, a little crowd or people"), diminutive of turba (“stir, crowd"). The noun is from Middle English truble, troble, from Old French troble, from the verb.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from troubler to trouble from Vulgar Latin turbulāre alteration (influenced by Latin turbula small group) (diminutive of turba crowd) of Late Latin turbidāre from Latin turbidus confused turbid

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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