from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need: tried to console them in their trouble; got in trouble with the police.
- n. A distressing or difficult circumstance or situation: I've had troubles ever since I took this job.
- n. A cause or source of distress, disturbance, or difficulty: The new recruits were a trouble to him.
- n. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome: went to a lot of trouble to find this book.
- n. A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction: heart trouble; car trouble.
- n. Public unrest or disorder.
- n. An instance of this; a disturbance.
- n. Any of various conflicts or rebellions in Ireland or Northern Ireland, especially the period of social unrest in Northern Ireland beginning in 1969.
- transitive v. To agitate; stir up.
- transitive v. To afflict with pain or discomfort.
- transitive v. To cause emotional strain or anxiety to; worry or distress.
- transitive v. To inconvenience; bother: May I trouble you for directions?
- intransitive v. To take pains: They trouble over every detail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A distressful or dangerous situation.
- n. A difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation.
- n. A violent occurrence or event.
- n. Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required.
- n. A malfunction.
- n. Liability to punishment; conflict with authority.
- n. A fault or interruption in a stratum.
- v. To disturb, stir up, agitate (a medium, especially water).
- v. To mentally distress; to cause (someone) to be anxious or perplexed.
- v. In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester.
- v. To take pains to do something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate.
- transitive v. To disturb; to perplex; to afflict; to distress; to grieve; to fret; to annoy; to vex.
- transitive v. To give occasion for labor to; -- used in polite phraseology.
- adj. Troubled; dark; gloomy.
- n. The state of being troubled; disturbance; agitation; uneasiness; vexation; calamity.
- n. That which gives disturbance, annoyance, or vexation; that which afflicts.
- n. A fault or interruption in a stratum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stir up; agitate; disturb; put into commotion.
- To disturb; interrupt or interfere with.
- To disturb in mind; annoy; vex; harass; afflict; distress; worry.
- To put to trouble, inconvenience, pains, or exertion of some kind: used conventionally in courteous requests: as, may I trouble you to shut the door?
- Synonyms Afflict, Distress, etc. (see afflict); perplex, agitate, plague, pester, badger, disquiet, make uneasy, anxious, or restless.
- To become turbid or cloudy.
- To take trouble or pains; trouble one's self; worry: as, do not trouble about the matter.
- n. Vexation; perplexity; worry; difficulties; trials; affliction.
- n. Annoyance; molestation; persecution.
- n. Disturbing, annoying, or vexatious circumstance, affair, or state; distress; difficulty.
- n. A source or cause of annoyance, perplexity, or distress: as, he is a great trouble to us.
- n. Labor; laborious effort: as, it is no trouble.
- n. In law, particularly French law, anything causing injury or damage such as is the subject of legal relief.
- n. A disease, or a diseased condition; an affection: as, a cancerous trouble.
- n. In mining, a small fault. Also called a throw, slide, slip, heave, or check.
- Same as troubly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move deeply
- v. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
- v. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
- n. a source of difficulty
- v. take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
- n. a strong feeling of anxiety
- n. an event causing distress or pain
- n. an unwanted pregnancy
- n. an angry disturbance
- v. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
- n. an effort that is inconvenient
Middle English, from Old French, from troubler, to trouble, from Vulgar Latin *turbulāre, alteration (influenced by Latin turbula, small group, diminutive of turba, crowd) of Late Latin turbidāre, from Latin turbidus, confused; see turbid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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, (Wiktionary)