in trouble


verb (used with object), troubled, troubling.
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.
verb (used without object), troubled, troubling.
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 Troubles.
the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
in trouble, Informal. pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English troublen < Old French troubler < Vulgar Latin *turbulare, derivative of *turbulus turbid, back formation from Latin turbulentus turbulent; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, derivative of troubler

troubledly, adverb
troubledness, noun
troubler, noun
troublingly, adverb
nontroubling, adjective
overtrouble, verb, overtroubled, overtroubling.
self-troubled, adjective
self-troubling, adjective
untroubled, adjective

1. concern, upset, confuse. 4. pester, plague, fret, torment, hector, harass, badger. 12. concern, grief, agitation, care, suffering. 14. See care. 15. trial, tribulation, affliction, misfortune.

1. mollify; delight. Unabridged
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trouble (ˈtrʌbəl)
1.  a state or condition of mental distress or anxiety
2.  a state or condition of disorder or unrest: industrial trouble
3.  a condition of disease, pain, or malfunctioning: she has liver trouble
4.  a cause of distress, disturbance, or pain; problem: what is the trouble?
5.  effort or exertion taken to do something: he took a lot of trouble over this design
6.  liability to suffer punishment or misfortune (esp in the phrase be in trouble): he's in trouble with the police
7.  a personal quality that is regarded as a weakness, handicap, or cause of annoyance: his trouble is that he's too soft
8.  (plural)
 a.  political unrest or public disturbances
 b.  the Troubles political violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
9.  the condition of an unmarried girl who becomes pregnant (esp in the phrase in trouble)
vb (usually with a negative and foll by about)
10.  (tr) to cause trouble to; upset, pain, or worry
11.  to put oneself to inconvenience; be concerned: don't trouble about me
12.  (intr; usually with a negative) to take pains; exert oneself: please don't trouble to write everything down
13.  (tr) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to: does this noise trouble you?
14.  (tr; usually passive) to agitate or make rough: the seas were troubled
15.  (Caribbean) (tr) to interfere with: he wouldn't like anyone to trouble his new bicycle
[C13: from Old French troubler, from Vulgar Latin turbulāre (unattested), from Late Latin turbidāre, from turbidus confused, from turba commotion]

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Word Origin & History

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 originally one who works on telegraph or telephone lines. The Troubles in ref. to times of violence and unrest in Ireland is attested from 1880, in ref. to the rebellion of 1640s.
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