trouble: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (trub'ul), [key]
— v., n. -bled, -bling,
- to disturb the mental calm and contentment of; worry; distress; agitate.
- to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like: May I trouble you to shut the door?
- to cause bodily pain, discomfort, or disorder to; afflict: to be troubled by arthritis.
- to annoy, vex, or bother: Don't trouble her with petty complaints now.
- to disturb, agitate, or stir up so as to make turbid, as water or wine: A heavy gale troubled the ocean waters.
- to put oneself to inconvenience, extra effort, or the like.
- to be distressed or agitated mentally; worry: She always troubled over her son's solitariness.
- difficulty, annoyance, or harassment: It would be no trouble at all to advise you.
- unfortunate or distressing position, circumstance, or occurrence; misfortune: Financial trouble may threaten security.
- civil disorder, disturbance, or conflict: political trouble in the new republic; labor troubles.
- a physical disorder, disease, ailment, etc.; ill health: heart trouble; stomach trouble.
- mental or emotional disturbance or distress; worry: Trouble and woe were her lot in life.
- an instance of this: some secret trouble weighing on his mind; a mother who shares all her children's troubles.
- effort, exertion, or pains in doing something; inconvenience endured in accomplishing some action, deed, etc.: The results were worth the trouble it took.
- an objectionable feature; problem; drawback: The trouble with your proposal is that it would be too costly to implement.
- something or someone that is a cause or source of disturbance, distress, annoyance, etc.
- a personal habit or trait that is a disadvantage or a cause of mental distress: His greatest trouble is oversensitivity.
- the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
- the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
- pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).
- trouble (Thesaurus)