Heart trouble; car trouble.
When your car engine is failing, this is an example of trouble.
When you disobey, this is an example of trouble.
When you are worried about the state of your finances, this is an example of money trouble.
They trouble over every detail.
When you act in a way that makes your mother concerned about you, this is an example of a situation where you trouble your mother.
My back troubled me.
Don't trouble yourself to rise.
Don't trouble to return it.
He had some trouble with the law.
Tried to console them in their trouble; got in trouble with the police.
The new recruits were a trouble to him.
Went to a lot of trouble to find this book.
My stomach is troubling me.
Winds troubling the waters.
May I trouble you for directions?
To take the trouble to look it up.
It's no trouble for me to edit it.
I've had troubles ever since I took this job.
- pregnant when unmarried
- the civil unrest in Ireland, c. 1919-23
- the civil unrest in Northern Ireland, from about 1967
- to ask someone to pass, hand, give, etc. (something) to one
Origin of trouble
- 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
- 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 *turbulÄre, 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.