• A Tone of Voice That Meant Trouble 138
    A Tone of Voice That Meant Trouble 138
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trouble cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
    • v trouble disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
    • v trouble move deeply "This book upset me","A troubling thought"
    • v trouble take the trouble to do something; concern oneself "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday","Don't bother, please"
    • v trouble to cause inconvenience or discomfort to "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
    • n trouble an effort that is inconvenient "I went to a lot of trouble","he won without any trouble","had difficulty walking","finished the test only with great difficulty"
    • n trouble a source of difficulty "one trouble after another delayed the job","what's the problem?"
    • n trouble an event causing distress or pain "what is the trouble?","heart trouble"
    • n trouble an angry disturbance "he didn't want to make a fuss","they had labor trouble","a spot of bother"
    • n trouble a strong feeling of anxiety "his worry over the prospect of being fired","it is not work but worry that kills","he wanted to die and end his troubles"
    • n trouble an unwanted pregnancy "he got several girls in trouble"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Trouble Begins 059 The Trouble Begins 059
Pouring cold water on the troubled oil Pouring cold water on the troubled oil
The Trouble of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings The Trouble of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings
The Troubles of Biddy {Chicken, duckling, and duck The Troubles of Biddy {Chicken, duckling, and duck
The Troubles of Biddy {Four hens sitting together The Troubles of Biddy {Four hens sitting together
The Troubles of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings The Troubles of Biddy {Girl playing with ducklings

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies show that divorced women have more trouble starting new relationships than divorced men
    • Trouble (Mining) A fault or interruption in a stratum.
    • Trouble That which gives disturbance, annoyance, or vexation; that which afflicts.
    • Trouble The state of being troubled; disturbance; agitation; uneasiness; vexation; calamity. "Lest the fiend . . . some new trouble raise .""Foul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deeds
      Do breed unnatural troubles ."
    • Trouble To disturb; to perplex; to afflict; to distress; to grieve; to fret; to annoy; to vex. "Now is my soul troubled .""Take the boy to you; he so troubles me
      'T is past enduring."
      "Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure."
    • Trouble To give occasion for labor to; -- used in polite phraseology; as, I will not trouble you to deliver the letter.
    • Trouble To put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate. "An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water.""God looking forth will trouble all his host."
    • a Trouble Troubled; dark; gloomy. "With full trouble cheer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Based on a US Justice Department study conducted between 1992 and 1996, workplace violence troubles 1.7 million Americans a year. Number of workers attacked or threatened per thousand: Police officers: 306, Private security guards: 218, Taxi drivers: 184, Prison guards: 117, Bartenders: 91, Mental health professionals: 80, Gas station attendants: 79.
    • trouble To stir up; agitate; disturb; put into commotion.
    • trouble To disturb; interrupt or interfere with.
    • trouble To disturb in mind; annoy; vex; harass; afflict; distress; worry.
    • trouble 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?
    • trouble Synonyms Afflict, Distress, etc. (see afflict); perplex, agitate, plague, pester, badger, disquiet, make uneasy, anxious, or restless.
    • trouble To become turbid or cloudy.
    • trouble To take trouble or pains; trouble one's self; worry: as, do not trouble about the matter.
    • n trouble Vexation; perplexity; worry; difficulties; trials; affliction.
    • n trouble Annoyance; molestation; persecution.
    • n trouble Disturbing, annoying, or vexatious circumstance, affair, or state; distress; difficulty.
    • n trouble A source or cause of annoyance, perplexity, or distress: as, he is a great trouble to us.
    • n trouble Labor; laborious effort: as, it is no trouble.
    • n trouble In law, particularly French law, anything causing injury or damage such as is the subject of legal relief.
    • n trouble A disease, or a diseased condition; an affection: as, a cancerous trouble.
    • n trouble In mining, a small fault. Also called a throw, slide, slip, heave, or check. = Syn. 1–3. Inconvenience, embarrassment, anxiety, adversity, misfortune, calamity, sorrow, tribulation, misery, plague, torment. See the verb.
    • trouble Same as troubly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blaise Pascal's father was a French tax collector who had trouble keeping track of his collections. So in 1642, young Pascal designed and built a mechanical adding machine to help. It was the first mechanical calculator in history.
    • v.t Trouble trub′l to put into a confused state: to agitate: to disturb: to annoy: to busy or engage overmuch: to put to inconvenience
    • v.i Trouble to take pains
    • n Trouble disturbance: affliction: disease: uneasiness: that which disturbs or afflicts
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  • David Lloyd George
    “With me a change of trouble is as good as a vacation.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
    “I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.”
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg
    “When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.”
  • Clarence Darrow
    “The trouble with law is lawyers.”
  • Mark Twain
    “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”


Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you - Don't go looking for trouble or problems- let them come to you.
Fish in troubled waters - Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
Pour oil on troubled waters - If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. , and perhaps to E. thorp,; cf. Skr. tvar, tur,o hasten. Cf. Turbid


In literature:

As for the girls, I don't see what right I have to be troubled; they took deuced little trouble with me.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Mascola and I had some trouble.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
It has ended as far as his trouble with his neighbours is concerned.
"The Inglises" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Her troubles seemed to have overwhelmed her.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
She was very pale by this time: full realization of all this trouble was coming to her, as it had come to Phillis.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
I never remember any trouble I ever had but you found some means of clearing it away.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
His maimed leg often troubled him; he could not walk far, and riding was impossible.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I am sorry that I have come to trouble you.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He, however, still looked troubled, and his colour was higher than usual.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
Guess your trouble is you haven't enough capital.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Not confused or troubled, rather
With a certain fear I see thee,
For which I have grounds most ample.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
They tell me of their troubles,
They tell me of their mirth,
Of funerals and of feastings,
Of marriage and birth.
"The Misanthrope" by Cicely Fox Smith
O Everlasting Love,
Wellspring of grace and peace,
Pour down Thy fulness from above,
Bid doubt and trouble cease.
"O Everlasting Light" by Horatius Bonar
Almighty Father of mankind,
On thee my hopes remain;
And when the day of trouble comes,
I shall not trust in vain.
"Trust in Providence" by John Logan
Consider all my sorrows, Lord,
And thy deliv'rance send;
My soul for thy salvation faints
When will my troubles end?
"Psalm 119 part 14" by Isaac Watts
Then cease to weep, they've nought to fear,—
Their troubles are blown o'er,—
But who can check the parting tear,
At seeing them no more?
"An Elegy On The Death Of A Young Child, (That Died November 23rd, 1827.)" by Joseph Hodgson

In news:

Gas station ruckus Two men in their 40s were causing trouble at two gas stations on the 7100 block of Delridge Way S.W.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. High winds caused trouble for much of the day in central Kentucky.
Unlike some older varieties, today's perennial geraniums have been bred for trouble-free, long-blooming performance.
Vintage Trouble's Overseas Strategy Pays Off With ' Bomb Shelter '.
Slattery does not finish with injury trouble.
Stars in trouble with the law.
In Fox's new drama, Julianna Margulies stars as a brilliant, but troubled, defense lawyer.
Kim Kardashian is clearly having trouble on the fashion front lately.
Hasn't had much trouble staying alive.
Troubles arise when the spouse's paycheck supports a family and a business.
If you were trying to use your water early Tuesday morning, you may have had a little trouble.
The offense had trouble scoring in the first quarter.
Jimmy Savile and the trouble with giving: Salutin.
I have always had trouble delegating.
Scott DesJarlais in deep trouble.

In science:

Troubles started in the early nineteen nineties.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Low frequency noise is a source of troubles for polarization as well as for temperature measurements.
Some sources of systematic errors on CMB polarized measurements with bolometers
The trouble comes from gain variations with time.
Some sources of systematic errors on CMB polarized measurements with bolometers
The trouble is that I was unable to identify the corresponding scenario of interference.
Quantum randomness emerging under gravitational nonlinearity
Hence we have JacS (A,d)/B (A,d) J (A, d) globally and no trouble with Torelli.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type