- enPR: trŭb'l; IPA: [tɹʌbl̩], /tɹʌbəl/; X-SAMPA: ["trVbl=], /trVb@l/
- Rhymes: -ʌbəl
- A distressful or dangerous situation .
- A difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation .
- A violent occurrence or event .
- Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required .
- A malfunction, as in "heart trouble" .
- Liability to punishment; conflict with authority .
- ( transitive, now rare ) To disturb, stir up, agitate ( a medium, especially water ) .
- ( transitive ) To mentally distress; to cause ( someone ) to be anxious or perplexed .
- ( transitive ) In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester .
- ( reflexive or intransitive ) To take pains to do something.
Verb is from Middle English troblen, from Old French trobler, from Medieval Latin *turbulare, from Latin turbula ( “disorderly group, a little crowd or people” ), diminutive of turba ( “stir, crowd” ). The noun is from Middle English troble, from Old French troble,
Explanation of trouble by Wordnet Dictionary
- A troubling thought
a strong feeling of anxiety
- Trouble v. t. [imp. & p. p. Troubled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Troubling.] [F. troubler, OF. trobler, trubler, tourbler,fr. ( assumed ) LL. turbulare, L. turbare to disorderly group, a little crowd; both from turba a disorder, tumult, crowd; akin to Gr. , and perhaps to E. thorp; cf. Skr. tvar, tur,o hasten. Cf. Turbid.]
1. To put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate.
An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. John v. 4.
God looking forth will trouble all his host. Milton.
2. To disturb; to perplex; to afflict; to distress; to grieve; to fret; to annoy; to vex.
Now is my soul troubled. John xii. 27.
Take the boy to you; he so troubles me
'T is past enduring. Shak.
Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure. Locke.
3. To give occasion for labor to; -- used in polite phraseology; as, “I will not trouble you to deliver the letter”.
Syn. -- To disturb; perplex; afflict; distress; grieve; harass; annoy; tease; vex; molest.
- Trouble a. Troubled; dark; gloomy. [Obs.] “With full trouble cheer.” Chaucer.
- Trouble, n. [F. trouble, OF. troble, truble. See Trouble, v. t.]
1. The state of being troubled; disturbance; agitation; uneasiness; vexation; calamity.
Lest the fiend . . . some new trouble raise. Milton.
Foul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deeds
Do breed unnatural troubles. Shak.
2. That which gives disturbance, annoyance, or vexation; that which afflicts.
3. ( Mining ) A fault or interruption in a stratum.
To get into trouble, to get into difficulty or danger. [Colloq.] -- To take the trouble, to be at the pains; to exert one's self; to give one's self inconvenience.
She never took the trouble to close them. Bryant.
Syn. -- Affliction; disturbance; perplexity; annoyance; molestation; vexation; inconvenience; calamity; misfortune; adversity; embarrassment; anxiety; sorrow; misery.
Definition of trouble by GCIDE Dictionary