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Meaning of trouble by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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,


    • enPR: trŭb'l; IPA: [tɹʌbl̩], /tɹʌbəl/; X-SAMPA: ["trVbl=], /trVb@l/
    • Rhymes: -ʌbəl


    trouble ( plural: troubles )

    1. A distressful or dangerous situation .
      He was in trouble when the rain started .
    2. A difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation .
      The trouble was a leaking brake line .
      The trouble with that suggestion is that we lack the funds to put it in motion .
    3. A violent occurrence or event .
      The bridge column magnified the trouble with a slight tilt in the wrong direction .
    4. Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required .
      It's no trouble for me to edit it .
    5. A malfunction, as in "heart trouble" .
    6. Liability to punishment; conflict with authority .
      He had some trouble with the law .

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    trouble ( third-person singular simple present troubles present participle troubling, simple past and past participle troubled )

    1. ( transitive, now rare ) To disturb, stir up, agitate ( a medium, especially water ) .
    2. ( transitive ) To mentally distress; to cause ( someone ) to be anxious or perplexed .
    3. ( transitive ) In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester .
      Question 3 in the test is troubling me .
    4. ( reflexive or intransitive ) To take pains to do something.

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    • trouble in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • trouble in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of trouble by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

    2. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

    3. move deeply

    4. A troubling thought
    5. take the trouble to do something

    6. He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday
    7. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

    8. Sorry to trouble you, but...
    1. an effort that is inconvenient

    2. I went to a lot of trouble
      he won without any trouble
    3. a source of difficulty

    4. one trouble after another delayed the job
    5. an event causing distress or pain

    6. what is the trouble?
      heart trouble
    7. an angry disturbance

    8. they had labor trouble
    9. a strong feeling of anxiety

    10. he wanted to die and end his troubles
    11. an unwanted pregnancy

    12. he got several girls in trouble

    Definition of trouble by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Trouble a. Troubled; dark; gloomy. [Obs.] “With full trouble cheer.” Chaucer.

    3. 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.