Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an effort that is inconvenient
    he won without any trouble
    had difficulty walking
    finished the test only with great difficulty
  2. (noun, cognition) a source of difficulty
    what's the problem?
  3. (noun, event) an event causing distress or pain
    heart trouble
  4. (noun, event) an angry disturbance
    they had labor trouble
    a spot of bother
  5. (noun, feeling) a strong feeling of anxiety
    it is not work but worry that kills
    he wanted to die and end his troubles
  6. (noun, state) an unwanted pregnancy
  7. (verb, body) cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
  8. (verb, emotion) disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
  9. (verb, emotion) move deeply
    A troubling thought
  10. (verb, social) take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
    Don't bother, please
  11. (verb, social) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Trouble

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. trubler (11c.), metathesis of turbler, from V.L. *turbulare, from L.L. turbidare "to trouble, make turbid," from L. turbidus (see turbid). The noun is attested from early 13c.; troublesome is attested by 1540s. Troubled in ref. to waters, etc., is from late 14c. A trouble-shooter (1905) was originall… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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