AskDefine | Define trouble

Dictionary Definition



1 a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?" [syn: problem]
2 an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother" [syn: fuss, bother, hassle]
3 an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
4 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" [syn: difficulty]
5 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" [syn: worry]
6 an unwanted pregnancy; "he got several girls in trouble"


1 move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought" [syn: disturb, upset]
2 to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but..." [syn: put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, bother]
3 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" [syn: perturb, unhinge, disquiet, cark, distract, disorder]
4 take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please" [syn: trouble oneself, bother, inconvenience oneself]
5 cause bodily suffering to [syn: afflict, ail, pain]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /tɹʌbl̩/,
  • SAMPA: /"trVbl=/


  1. A distressful or dangerous situation.
  2. A difficulty contributing to such a situation
  3. Efforts taken.
  4. A malfunction, as in "heart trouble".
  5. A violent occurrence.

See also


difficulty or an effort


  1. To bother; to annoy.


to bother; to annoy



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, troubler
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, troubler
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, troubler

Extensive Definition

Trouble may refer to:




trouble in French: Trouble
trouble in Hebrew: צרה
trouble in Dutch: Trouble
trouble in Japanese: トラブル (曖昧さ回避)
trouble in Russian: Trouble (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dutch, abuse a privilege, ado, adverse circumstances, adversity, afflict, affliction, aggravate, aggravation, agitate, agitation, ail, ailment, alarm, all-overs, angst, anguish, annoy, annoyance, anxiety, anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxious bench, anxious concern, anxious seat, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, awkwardness, bad news, be concerned, be the matter, beat, beat up, bedevilment, beset, besetment, bind, bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill, blight, bore, bother, botheration, bothersomeness, brawl, broil, brouhaha, bug, bummer, burden, burden of care, burdening, burthen, bustle, can of worms, cankerworm of care, care, cargo, charge, charging, churn, churn up, clumsiness, commotion, complaint, complicate matters, concern, concernment, convulse, crashing bore, cross, crown of thorns, cumbrance, curse, deadweight, defect, demand, destroy, devilment, difficulties, difficulty, disability, disaccommodate, disadvantage, disarrange, discombobulate, discomfit, discomfort, discommode, discommodity, discompose, disconcert, discord, discountenance, disease, disoblige, disorder, dispute, disquiet, disquietude, dissatisfaction, distract, distress, disturb, disturbance, dogging, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, downer, drag, dread, dustup, effort, elbow grease, electrify, embarrassment, embroil, embroilment, encroach upon, encumber, encumbrance, endeavor, energy, evil, exaction, exasperate, exasperation, excite, exertion, fear, ferment, fight, fighting, flurry, fluster, flutter, foofaraw, foreboding, forebodingness, fracas, frazzle, free-for-all, freight, freighting, fret, fuss, gall, gall and wormwood, give concern, great ado, grief, grievance, grieve, hamper, handicap, harass, harassment, hard knocks, hard life, hard lot, hard pull, hardcase, hardship, harm, harry, harrying, hassle, haunt, headache, heckler, hector, helter-skelter, hot water, hounding, hubbub, illness, impediment, impedimenta, impose, impose on, impose upon, imposing an onus, imposition, in a mess, in a pickle, in a predicament, in a scrape, in trouble, incommode, incommodity, inconsiderateness, inconvenience, inconveniency, inconvenientness, infliction, inquietude, intrude, irk, irritate, irritation, jar, jolt, laying on, load, load with care, loading, loading down, long pull, lumber, make free with, malaise, matter, melee, might and main, misgiving, molestation, muscle, nag, nerve and sinew, nervous strain, nervous tension, nervousness, nettle, nudnik, nuisance, obtrude upon, obtrusiveness, on the spot, onus, oppression, outbreak, overanxiety, overstep, pack, pack of troubles, paddle, pain, pains, peck of troubles, pell-mell, penalty, perplex, persecution, perturb, perturbate, perturbation, pest, pester, pins and needles, plague, plight, pother, predicament, pressure, presume on, presume upon, presumptuousness, problem, provoke, psych, pucker, put about, put out, put to inconvenience, put to it, put to trouble, puzzle, racket, rampage, rebellion, revolt, rigor, rile, riot, ripple, rock, roil, rough-and-tumble, roughen, roughhouse, row, rowel, ruckus, ruction, ruffle, rumple, rumpus, scramble, sea of troubles, shake, shake up, shindy, shock, sickness, skirmish, solicitude, sorrow, spook, stagger, stew, stir, stir up, strain, stress, stress of life, strife, suffering, suspense, swirl, take a liberty, take liberties, take pains, tasking, taxing, tension, thank, thorn, throw, throw into confusion, to-do, torment, tormenter, trial, tribulation, troubles, troublesomeness, try, tumult, turbulence, turmoil, uneasiness, unhandiness, unpleasantness, unquietness, unrest, unsettle, unwarranted demand, unwieldiness, uprising, uproar, upset, vale of tears, vex, vexation, vexatiousness, vicissitude, waters of bitterness, weigh down, weight, weighting, while, whip, whip up, whisk, white elephant, woe, work up, worriment, worry, zeal
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1