What does trouble mean?

Definitions for trouble
ˈtrʌb əltrou·ble

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word trouble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trouble, problemnoun

    a source of difficulty

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

  2. fuss, trouble, bother, hasslenoun

    an angry disturbance

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

  3. troublenoun

    an event causing distress or pain

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

  4. trouble, difficultynoun

    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, troublenoun

    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. troubleverb

    an unwanted pregnancy

    "he got several girls in trouble"

  7. disturb, upset, troubleverb

    move deeply

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

  8. trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, botherverb

    to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

    "Sorry to trouble you, but..."

  9. perturb, unhinge, disquiet, trouble, cark, distract, disorderverb

    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 oneselfverb

    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, painverb

    cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed


  1. troublenoun

    A distressful or dangerous situation.

    He was in trouble when the rain started.

  2. troublenoun

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

  3. troublenoun

    A violent occurrence or event.

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

  4. troublenoun

    Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required.

    It's no trouble for me to edit it.

  5. troublenoun

    A malfunction, as in "heart trouble".

  6. troublenoun

    Liability to punishment; conflict with authority.

    He had some trouble with the law.

  7. troubleverb

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

  8. troubleverb

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

  9. troubleverb

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

    Question 3 in the test is troubling me.

  10. troubleverb

    To take pains to do something.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Troublenoun

    Etymology: trouble, French.

    They all his host derided, while they stood
    A while in trouble. John Milton.

    Double, double, toil and trouble,
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Take to thee from among the cherubim
    The choice of flaming warriours, lest the fiend
    Some new trouble raise. John Milton.

    I have dream’d
    Of much offence and trouble, which my mind
    Knew never till this irksome night. John Milton.

  2. To TROUBLEverb

    Etymology: troubler, Fr.

    An hour before the worshipp’d sun
    Pear’d through the golden window of the East,
    A troubled mind drew me to walk abroad. William Shakespeare.

    But think not here to trouble holy rest. John Milton.

    Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure. John Locke, on Education.

    It would not trouble me to be slain for thee, but much it torments me to be slain by thee. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    They pertinaciously maintain that afflictions are no real evils, and therefore a wise man ought not to be troubled at them. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Though it is in vain to be troubled for that which I cannot chuse, yet I cannot chuse but be afflicted. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Be not dismay’d nor troubled at these tidings. John Milton.

    He was sore troubled in mind, and much distressed. 1 Mac.

    Martha, thou art careful, and troubled about many things. Luke x. 41.

    I will not trouble myself to prove that all terms are not definable, from that progress in infinitum which it will lead us into. John Locke.

    The boy so troubles me;
    ’Tis past enduring. William Shakespeare.

    A woman mov’d is like a fountain troubled;
    Muddy, ill seeming, thick, bereft of beauty. William Shakespeare.

    An angel went down into the pool and troubled the water; whosoever first after the troubling stepped in was made whole. John v. 4.

    God looking forth will trouble all his host. John Milton.

    Hear how she the ear employs;
    Their office is the troubled air to take. Davies.

    Seas are troubled when they do revoke
    Their flowing waves into themselves again. Davies.

    It is not bare agitation, but the sediment at the bottom that troubles and defiles the water. South.

    The best law in our days is that which continues our judges during their good behaviour, without leaving them to the mercy of such who might, by an undue influence, trouble and pervert the course of justice. Joseph Addison, Guard. №. 99.

    Thy force alone their fury can restrain,
    And smooth the waves, or swell the troubl’d main. Dryden.

    He had credit enough with his master to provide for his own interest, and troubled not himself for that of others. Clar.


  1. Trouble

    Trouble is a song by American indie rock band American Authors. The song was written by band members Zachary Barnett, David Rublin, Matthew Sanchez and James Shelley with producers Aaron Accetta and Shep Goodman and originally recorded for the band's debut studio album Oh, What a Life, appearing as the fifth track on the album. The track was released by Mercury Records and Island Records as a promotional single on February 18, 2014.


  1. trouble

    Trouble can be broadly defined as a state of distress, difficulty, or challenge. It refers to a situation or condition that causes inconvenience, problems, or complications. Trouble may arise from various factors such as conflicts, obstacles, misfortune, or unexpected events. It can affect individuals, groups, organizations, or even larger systems. The concept of trouble implies a deviation from normalcy or the need for resolution and can encompass a wide range of issues, from minor setbacks to more serious and complicated problems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Troubleverb

    to put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate

  2. Troubleverb

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

  3. Troubleverb

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

  4. Troubleadjective

    troubled; dark; gloomy

  5. Troubleverb

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

  6. Troubleverb

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

  7. Troubleverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trouble

    trub′l, v.t. to put into a confused state: to agitate: to disturb: to annoy: to busy or engage overmuch: to put to inconvenience.—v.i. to take pains.—n. disturbance: affliction: disease: uneasiness: that which disturbs or afflicts.—ns. Troub′le-mirth, a kill-joy; Troub′ler.—adj. Troub′lesome, causing or giving trouble or inconvenience: vexatious: importunate: troublous.—adv. Troub′lesomely.—n. Troub′lesomeness.—adj. Troub′lous, full of trouble or disorder: agitated: tumultuous: disturbing.—Cast oil on troubled waters (fig.), to appease, calm, quieten. [O. Fr. tourbler—Low L. turbulāre—L. turbāre, to disturb—turba, a crowd.]

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.

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  1. trouble

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trouble in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trouble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of trouble in a Sentence

  1. The Englishwoman:

    I didn’t think that score was out there honestly, i had a pretty good game plan. It’s probably the best I’ve had for a tournament. We had a game plan and stuck to it. If you’re in trouble, just get it out, make bogey. I think the key here is to not take many risks the first two, three days, and I didn’t do that.

  2. William Haseltine:

    First, they may not get fully protected, and that might accelerate the rate of variants taking over and causing us much more trouble in the future.

  3. The EUs Brexit coordinator:

    The trouble is that it is always a draw in the House of Commons.

  4. Heather Cho:

    I apologize to the people of this country as chairman of Korean Air and as a father for the trouble caused by my daughter's foolish conduct.

  5. Jeremy Taylor:

    Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life.

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Translations for trouble

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  • مشكلةArabic
  • бядаBelarusian
  • problémyCzech
  • problemerDanish
  • Anstrengung, Ärger, bekümmern, Bemühung, belästigen, Mühe, Störung, beunruhigen, SchwierigkeitGerman
  • ταλαιπωρίαGreek
  • ĝenoEsperanto
  • agobiar, molestar, fastidiarSpanish
  • مشکلPersian
  • mekkala, ongelma, selkkaus, vaivata, vaiva, vaikeus, häiriö, levottomuus, hankaluus, vaivannäkö, tappeluFinnish
  • peine, déranger, troublerFrench
  • cráighIrish
  • teanntachd, dragh, buair, trioblaid, buaireas, cuir dragh air, duilgheadas, èiginnScottish Gaelic
  • तकलीफ़, कष्टHindi
  • bajHungarian
  • MasalahIndonesian
  • guaio, tumulto, disturbare, agitare, dissesto, problema, difficoltà, esagitare, impiccio, infastidire, problemiItalian
  • צרותHebrew
  • 心配事, 厄介事, 迷惑, 揉め事, 手数を掛ける, 障害, 骨折り, 問題, 面倒を掛ける, 厄介Japanese
  • ತೊಂದರೆKannada
  • 수고Korean
  • tribulatioLatin
  • traucētLatvian
  • raru, māreherehe, mohoMāori
  • probleemDutch
  • trøbbelNorwegian
  • kłopoty, niepokoić, przeszkadzać, trud, problem, kłopot, dokuczaćPolish
  • problema, molestar, incomodar, dificuldade, irritarPortuguese
  • necazRomanian
  • заботы, неприятность, побеспокоить, труд, хлопоты, перебой, проблема, беда, горе, обеспокоить, встревожить, трудность, волновать, потревожить, затруднение, взволновать, усилие, беспокоить, тревожить, неполадки, злоключениеRussian
  • problemSwedish
  • vurugu, gayaSwahili
  • pahirapan, istorboTagalog
  • sıkıntı, arıza, başağrısı, efor, problem, gayretTurkish
  • халепаUkrainian
  • تکلیف, کشٹUrdu
  • rắc rốiVietnamese
  • rujhe, mehinWalloon
  • 麻烦Chinese

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    A deny
    B moan
    C refine
    D depend

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