Trou·ble v. t. [imp. & p. p. Troubled p. pr. & vb. n. Troubling.]
1. To put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate.
An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. --John v. 4.
God looking forth will trouble all his host. --Milton.
2. To disturb; to perplex; to afflict; to distress; to grieve; to fret; to annoy; to vex.
Now is my soul troubled. --John xii. 27.
Take the boy to you; he so troubles me
'T is past enduring. --Shak.
Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure. --Locke.
3. To give occasion for labor to; -- used in polite phraseology; as, I will not trouble you to deliver the letter.
Syn: -- To disturb; perplex; afflict; distress; grieve; harass; annoy; tease; vex; molest.
adj 1: characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or
danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a
troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled
teenagers" [ant: untroubled]
2: characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination;
"effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive";
"riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous
years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly
childhood" [syn: disruptive, riotous, tumultuous, turbulent]