Definitions for troubleˈtrʌb əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trou•bleˈtrʌb əl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling

  1. (v.t.)to disturb the mental calm and contentment of; worry; distress:

    The sufferings of the poor troubled him.

  2. to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like:

    May I trouble you to shut the door?

  3. to cause bodily pain or discomfort to; afflict:

    to be troubled by arthritis.

    Category: Pathology

  4. to annoy, vex, or bother.

  5. to disturb or agitate so as to make turbid, as water.

  6. (v.i.)to put oneself to inconvenience, extra effort, or the like.

  7. to be distressed; worry.

  8. (n.)difficulty, annoyance, or harassment:

    to make trouble for someone.

  9. an unfortunate or distressing position, circumstance, or occurrence:

    financial trouble.

  10. civil disorder, disturbance, or conflict.

  11. a physical disease, ailment, etc.:

    heart trouble.

    Category: Pathology

  12. mental or emotional distress; worry.

  13. effort or inconvenience in accomplishing some action, deed, etc.:

    not worth the trouble.

  14. an objectionable feature; drawback:

    the trouble with the proposal.

  15. a cause or source of disturbance, annoyance, etc.

  16. a mechanical defect or breakdown:

    trouble with the washing machine.

  17. the Troubles, the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22. the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.

    Category: Government

Idioms for trouble:

  1. in trouble, pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).

    Category: Idiom

Origin of trouble:

1175–1225; ME (v.) < OF troubler < VL *turbulare, der. of *turbulus turbid, alter. of L turbulentusturbulent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. trouble, problem(noun)

    a source of difficulty

    "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"

  2. fuss, trouble, bother, hassle(noun)

    an angry disturbance

    "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"

  3. trouble(noun)

    an event causing distress or pain

    "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"

  4. trouble, difficulty(noun)

    an effort that is inconvenient

    "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"

  5. worry, trouble(noun)

    a strong feeling of anxiety

    "his worry over the prospect of being fired"; "it is not work but worry that kills"; "he wanted to die and end his troubles"

  6. trouble(verb)

    an unwanted pregnancy

    "he got several girls in trouble"

  7. disturb, upset, trouble(verb)

    move deeply

    "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"

  8. trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, bother(verb)

    to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

    "Sorry to trouble you, but..."

  9. perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorder(verb)

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

    "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"

  10. trouble oneself, trouble, bother, inconvenience oneself(verb)

    take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

    "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"

  11. trouble, ail, pain(verb)

    cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trouble(noun)ˈtrʌb əl

    problems, concerns, etc.

    I'm having trouble getting this work finished.; economic problems that have caused a lot of trouble; The trouble with this camera is that it's too big.

  2. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    extra effort; = inconvenience

    It wouldn't be any trouble for us to help.

  3. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    to try hard to do sth

    We had gone to a lot of trouble to make her visit pleasant.

  4. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    to do sth that require extra effort

    She took the trouble of putting fresh flowers in the room.

  5. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    a difficult, dangerous, or problematic situation

    They got into trouble when a storm came through.

  6. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    when you have done sth wrong and are likely to be punished

    She's been in trouble with the police again.

  7. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    violence or fighting

    reports of trouble on the border

  8. trouble(verb)ˈtrʌb əl

    to worry sb

    Is there something troubling you?

  9. troubleˈtrʌb əl

    to disturb or bother sb

    I'm sorry to trouble you, but could you help me?


  1. trouble(Noun)

    A distressful or dangerous situation.

    He was in trouble when the rain started.

  2. trouble(Noun)

    A difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation.

  3. trouble(Noun)

    A violent occurrence or event.

    The bridge column magnified the trouble with a slight tilt in the wrong direction.

  4. trouble(Noun)

    Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required.

    It's no trouble for me to edit it.

  5. trouble(Noun)

    A malfunction, as in "heart trouble".

  6. trouble(Noun)

    Liability to punishment; conflict with authority.

    He had some trouble with the law.

  7. trouble(Verb)

    To disturb, stir up, agitate (a medium, especially water).

  8. trouble(Verb)

    To mentally distress; to cause (someone) to be anxious or perplexed.

  9. trouble(Verb)

    In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester.

    Question 3 in the test is troubling me.

  10. trouble(Verb)

    To take pains to do something.

  11. Origin: Verb is from troblen, from trobler, from *, from turbula, diminutive of turba. The noun is from troble, from troble,

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trouble(verb)

    to put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate

  2. Trouble(verb)

    to disturb; to perplex; to afflict; to distress; to grieve; to fret; to annoy; to vex

  3. Trouble(verb)

    to give occasion for labor to; -- used in polite phraseology; as, I will not trouble you to deliver the letter

  4. Trouble(adj)

    troubled; dark; gloomy

  5. Trouble(verb)

    the state of being troubled; disturbance; agitation; uneasiness; vexation; calamity

  6. Trouble(verb)

    that which gives disturbance, annoyance, or vexation; that which afflicts

  7. Trouble(verb)

    a fault or interruption in a stratum


  1. Trouble

    Trouble is an American doom metal band noted as one of the pioneers of their genre, alongside bands such as Candlemass and Saint Vitus. The band created a distinct style taking influences of the British heavy metal bands Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, and psychedelic rock of the 1970s. A critically acclaimed group, their first two albums, Psalm 9 and The Skull are cited as landmarks of doom metal, and their early 1990s releases on Def American would take a more stoner metal oriented direction. To date, Trouble has released six studio albums. Although the band never officially broke up, Trouble was plagued by extended inactivity after their original singer Eric Wagner left in 1997. He eventually rejoined in 2000 before leaving again eight years later. The nucleus of the band had been vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin, and drummer Jeff Olson. The band is also noted for the spiritual nature of their early lyrics; their first record label, Metal Blade Records, marketed the band as "white metal" in the 1980s.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. trouble

    1. A hallucination that affords a sweet satisfaction to the possessor. 2. Any interesting topic of conversation. 3. A plan of Nature whereby a person is diverted from the humiliation of seeing himself as others see him. (An impressario's troubles begin when the prima donna kicks and the ladies of the ballet won't.)

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Something that many are looking for but no one wants.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trouble' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1309

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trouble' in Written Corpus Frequency: #618

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trouble' in Nouns Frequency: #454

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'trouble' in Verbs Frequency: #1024

Translations for trouble

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(something which causes) worry, difficulty, work, anxiety etc

He never talks about his troubles; We've had a lot of trouble with our children; I had a lot of trouble finding the book you wanted.

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