What does trouble mean?

Definitions for trouble
ˈtrʌb əltrou·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word trouble.

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


  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.

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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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

How to pronounce trouble?

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How to say trouble in sign language?

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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. Andres Rozental:

    The USMCA is in trouble.

  2. Chrissy Teigen:

    Sorry, I'm in trouble now.

  3. New York:

    He did not trouble anyone.

  4. Karen Finney:

    His campaign may be in trouble.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    When in trouble dial 911; pray.

Images & Illustrations of trouble

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Translations for trouble

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  • مشكلةArabic
  • бядаBelarusian
  • Anstrengung, Ärger, bekümmern, Bemühung, belästigen, Mühe, Störung, beunruhigen, SchwierigkeitGerman
  • ταλαιπωρίαGreek
  • ĝenoEsperanto
  • agobiar, molestar, fastidiarSpanish
  • 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
  • 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
  • 수고Korean
  • tribulatioLatin
  • traucētLatvian
  • raru, māreherehe, mohoMāori
  • 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
  • rujhe, mehinWalloon

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