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Webster 1913 Edition


Trouble

Trou′ble

,
Verb.
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. [GREEK], 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.
Shakespeare
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.

Trou′ble

,
Adj.
Troubled; dark; gloomy.
[Obs.]
“With full trouble cheer.”
Chaucer.

Trou′ble

,
Noun.
[F.
trouble
, OF.
troble
,
truble
. See
Trouble
,
Verb.
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
.
Shakespeare
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Trouble

TROUBLE

,
Verb.
T.
trub'l. [L. turbo; turba, a crowd, and perhaps trova, a turn. The primary sense is to turn or to stir, to whirl about, as in L. turbo, turbinis, a whirlwind. Hence the sense of agitation, disturbance.
1.
To agitate; to disturb; to put into confused motion.
God looking forth will trouble all his host.
An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. John 5.
2.
To disturb; to perplex.
Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure.
3.
To afflict; to grieve; to distress.
Those that trouble me, rejoice when I am moved. Ps.13.
4.
To busy; to cause to be much engaged or anxious.
Martha, thou art careful, and troubled about many things. Luke 10.
5.
To tease; to vex; to molest.
The boy so troubles me,
'Tis past enduring.
6.
To give occasion for labor to. I will not trouble you to deliver the letter. I will not trouble myself in this affair.
7.
To sue for a debt. He wishes not to trouble his debtors.

TROUBLE

,
Noun.
trub'l. Disturbance of mind; agitation; commotion of spirits; perplexity; a word of very extensive application.
1.
Affliction; calamity.
He shall deliver thee in six troubles. Job 5.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Ps.25.
2.
Molestation; inconvenience; annoyance.
Lest the fiend some new trouble raise.
3.
Uneasiness; vexation.
4.
That which gives disturbance, annoyance or vexation; that which afflicts.

Definition 2022


trouble

trouble

See also: troublé

English

Noun

trouble (countable and uncountable, 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.
    • John Milton
      Lest the fiend [] some new trouble raise.
    • William Shakespeare
      Foul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deeds / Do breed unnatural troubles.
    The trouble was a leaking brake line.   The trouble with that suggestion is that we lack the funds to put it in motion.   The bridge column magnified the trouble with a slight tilt in the wrong direction.
  3. A violent occurrence or event.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      “I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery. […]”
    the troubles in Northern Ireland
  4. Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required.
    It's no trouble for me to edit it.
  5. A malfunction.
    He's been in hospital with some heart trouble.   My old car has engine trouble.
  6. Liability to punishment; conflict with authority.
    He had some trouble with the law.
  7. (mining) A fault or interruption in a stratum.

Usage notes

  • Verbs often used with "trouble": make, spell, stir up, ask for, etc.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:difficult situation

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for uses and meaning of trouble collocated with these words.

Verb

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).
    • Bible, John v. 4
      An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water.
    • Milton
      God looking forth will trouble all his host.
  2. (transitive) To mentally distress; to cause (someone) to be anxious or perplexed.
    • Bible, John xii. 27
      Now is my soul troubled.
    • Shakespeare
      Take the boy to you; he so troubles me / 'Tis past enduring.
    • John Locke
      Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure.
  3. (transitive) In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester.
    Question 3 in the test is troubling me.
    I will not trouble you to deliver the letter.
  4. (reflexive or intransitive) To take pains to do something.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.26:
      Why trouble about the future? It is wholly uncertain.

Translations

Related terms

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: chance · happened · broken · #642: trouble · die · arm · wrong

French

Pronunciation

Noun

trouble m (plural troubles)

  1. trouble
  2. (medicine) disorder
    trouble bipolaire
    bipolar disorder

Verb

trouble

  1. first-person singular present indicative of troubler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of troubler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of troubler
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of troubler
  5. second-person singular imperative of troubler