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Trouble appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Don't trouble trouble, until trouble troubles you! If you trouble trouble, triple trouble troubles you!

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun trouble:

conversational speech60.14%task-oriented speech39.86%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun trouble:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb trouble:


The word trouble is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun trouble

What does trouble mean as a name of something?

Trouble is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: troubles

  1. a source of difficulty
    • example: one trouble after another delayed the job
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of trouble: problem
    • more generic word: difficulty = a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
    • more specific terms:
      • pressure point = where problems or difficulties are likely to occur
      • can of worms = a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
      • deep water = serious trouble
      • growing pains = problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise
      • hydra = trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality
      • matter = a problem
  2. an angry disturbance
  3. an event causing distress or pain
  4. an effort that is inconvenient
    • examples: I went to a lot of trouble | he won without any trouble
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of trouble: difficulty
    • more generic terms: effort / elbow grease / exertion / sweat / travail = use of physical or mental energy
    • more specific terms:
      • the devil = something difficult or awkward to do or deal with
      • tsuris = aggravating trouble
  5. a strong feeling of anxiety
    • example: he wanted to die and end his troubles
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of trouble: worry
    • more generic word: anxiety = a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
  6. an unwanted pregnancy
    • example: he got several girls in trouble
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: gestation / maternity / pregnancy = the state of being pregnant

Alternative definition of the noun trouble


  1. A distressful or dangerous situation.
  2. A difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation.
  3. A violent occurrence or event.
  4. Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required.
  5. A malfunction, as in "heart trouble".
  6. Liability to punishment; conflict with authority.

Definition of the verb trouble

What does trouble mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: troubled | troubling | troubles

  1. move deeply
  2. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
  3. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
  4. take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
  5. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Alternative definition of the verb trouble


  1. [context: transitive, now rare] To disturb, stir up, agitate (a medium, especially water).
  2. [transitive] To mentally distress; to cause (someone) to be anxious or perplexed.
  3. [transitive] In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester.
  4. [reflexive or intransitive] To take pains [term, to] do something.


  1. Trouble a.k.a. Ryan Gosling: Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps. He starred in the television series Breaker High as Sean Hanlon and Young Hercules as the title role. His first starring role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer, and he then built a reputation for starring in independent films such as Murder by Numbers, The Slaughter Rule, and The United States of Leland.
  2. Trouble a.k.a. Dominic Breazeale is an American amateur boxer in the Super heavyweight division.
  3. Trouble a.k.a. Michael Balderrama is an American choreographer, Broadway dancer, and producer. He lives in Manhattan, New York, and has had residency there for almost 10 years. Michael has worked with people such as Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, and many more. He was born and raised in the state of Texas, but moved to Illinois for his high school years. During high school was when his dance interest peaked. After high school he attended college for one year, but eventually dropped out to live out his dream of dancing. He started off in Los Angeles, and eventually moved to New York to truly let his career take off.
  4. Trouble a.k.a. Valerie Letourneau is a mixed martial artist.

There are other people with in their name, like Trouble Funk, Trouble Troy, Trouble T Roy, Trouble Andrew, Courtney Trouble, Trouble Over Tokyo, Chris Trouble Delfosse and Trevor Andrew aka Trouble.


Trouble is an American doom metal band noted as one of the pioneers of their genre, alongside bands such as Candlemass and Saint Vitus. The band created a distinct style taking influences of the British heavy metal bands Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, and psychedelic rock of the 1970s. A critically acclaimed group, their first two albums, Psalm 9 and The Skull are cited as landmarks of doom metal. To date, Trouble has released eight studio albums. Although the band never officially broke up, Trouble was plagued by extended inactivity after their original singer Eric Wagner left in 1997. He eventually rejoined in 2000 before leaving again eight years later.


  1. "Trouble" a.k.a. "Duplicity" is a 2005 thriller film written by Harry Cleven, Isabelle Coudrier-Kleist, Sophie Hiet, Yann Le Nivet, Jérôme Salle and directed by Harry Cleven.
  2. "Trouble" is a 1933 British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Sydney Howard, George Curzon and Dorothy Robinson. A pair of stewards on a cruise ship manage to foil the plans of jewel thieves.
    • country: United Kingdom
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Comedy
    • released in (82 years ago)


Trouble is a board game in which players compete to be the first to send four pieces all the way around a board. Pieces are moved according to the roll of a die. Trouble was developed by the Kohner Brothers and initially manufactured by Irwin Toy Ltd., later by Milton Bradley. The game was launched in the United States in 1965. It is very similar to the much older game, Mensch ärgere dich nicht as well as another Hasbro game, Sorry!.

  • also known as 美國十字戲
  • genre: Children's game


  1. "Trouble" is a song recorded by British alternative rock band Coldplay for their debut album, Parachutes. The band wrote the song and co-produced it with British record producer Ken Nelson. The song repeats the word "trouble" throughout the lyrics, and its musicscape is minimalist built around a piano.
  2. "Trouble" is the debut album by the Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer Akon, released in 2004. The album contains Akon's first worldwide hit single, "Lonely", however, the release of "Locked Up" propelled Akon to sign a record deal. The album performed well in the United Kingdom where it peaked at #1 on the UK Album Chart and has reached 2x platinum status in the United States with 2.8 million sales.
  3. "Trouble" is a song recorded by American musician Pink for her third studio album Try This. It was written by Tim Armstrong and Pink and features a prominent guitar riff. The song was released as the album's first single in North America and second international single. It was moderately successful, its highest peak on the Canadian Singles Chart at #2. The single peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #7 on the UK Singles Chart; a subsequent cover in 2005 by Shakin' Stevens was also commercially successful in the UK, peaking at #20.
  4. "Trouble" is the second studio album by English recording artist Natalia Kills, released on 3 September 2013 by Cherrytree Records through Music Group and Interscope. Recording for the album started in early 2012 and took place in Los Angeles and New York. During that time, Kills was accompanied by some producers including Jeff Bhasker, who served as Trouble '​s executive producer. Bhasker helmed a multitude of production tasks, including production, instrumentation and songwriting.
  5. "Trouble" is a song written by the English singer-songwriter and musician, Cat Stevens, during a period from 1969 to 1970. Stevens was recovering during what amounted to nearly a year of convalescence, after being diagnosed with a collapsed lung and tuberculosis. He spent three months in King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst, England, transferring afterward to another nine months of bedrest at home. Stevens, who was near death at the time he was admitted in the hospital, used the time he was recuperating for contemplation, and wrote dozens of songs, including "Trouble", many of which were recorded much later.
  6. "Trouble" is a song recorded by British recording artist Leona Lewis and American entertainer Childish Gambino for Lewis' third studio album, Glassheart. Inspired by Lewis' break-up with childhood sweetheart Lou Al-Chamaa, "Trouble" is a mid-tempo R&B and trip hop ballad, with a piano and strings-driven melody. It was written by a British writing collective consisting of Lewis, Donald Glover, Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Shahid Khan, James Murray, Mustafa Omer, Emeli Sandé and Fraser T Smith. Production came courtesy of Khan under his production name of Naughty Boy and Smith, along with co-producer Chris Loco and additional producer Jahlil Beats. Music critics noted that the urban production marked a new direction for Lewis, particularly by featuring Gambino during the song's middle eight breakdown with a poetic rap verse. A version excluding Gambino is also included on Glassheart.
  7. "Trouble" is a song recorded from British girl-group Neon Jungle and released as their debut single by RCA Records, written and produced by CocknBullKid and Benjamin Berry. "Trouble" was released on 1 September 2013, and made its UK Singles Chart debut a week later at number twelve. It precedes a full-length studio album due to be released in the first half of 2014.
  8. "Trouble" is the debut album by Maine singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne. It was released on September 14, 2004 in the United States, and on September 20, 2004 in the United Kingdom. Although the album was released in 2004, the song didn't enter the top five of the UK charts until August 2006. The album was produced by Ethan Johns, released on RCA Records, marketed by BMG and distributed by Stone Dwarf Records.
  9. "Trouble" is the first studio album from British rock band Whitesnake, led by former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale. It reached #50 on the U.K. Chart when it was released in October 1978. This followed the 4 track EP "Snakebite", later available as an import album, from continental Europe.
  10. "Trouble" is a blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, originally performed by Elvis Presley in 1958 and covered by a number of artists in later years, most notably by Amanda Lear.
  11. "Trouble": "Trouble," a song written, composed, and performed by Lindsey Buckingham, was the primary single he released from his 1981 album Law and Order. The biggest hit from the album, it was also Buckingham's first hit as a solo artist.
  12. "Trouble" is the debut album of American singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee, released in September 2004. The songs were written when she was aged 14–15, and reflect events in her life at the time. McKee had produced six of these in demo form in 2001, and they were broadcast on Seattle radio stations as well as the National Public Radio network.
  13. "Trouble" is the debut album by English electronic musician and DJ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. It was released in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2012 by Polydor Records.
  14. "Trouble" a.k.a. "Psalm 9" is the debut studio album by the American doom metal band Trouble, released in 1984. The album was originally released eponymously and was renamed to Psalm 9 after the release of their fourth album, which was their 1990 self-titled release. Along with the Saint Vitus eponymous debut album which was also released in 1984, this album is considered by many to be one of the first doom metal albums to be released.
  15. "Trouble" is the first track on the debut album of the same name by American folk singer Ray LaMontagne. The album was released by RCA on September 14, 2004. It has also appeared on LaMontagne's Live From Bonnaroo EP, released in 2005, as well as the 2007 compilation album, The Saturday Sessions: The Dermot O'Leary Show.
  16. "Trouble" is a composition.
  17. "Trouble": Trouble is the fourth album by the American doom metal band of the same title, released in 1990. It was the band's first release on Def American.
  18. "Trouble" is the sixth studio album by the American country music group Randy Rogers Band. It was released on April 30, 2013, via MCA Nashville.
    • genre: Country
    • released on
  19. "Trouble" is a song by American indie rock band American Authors. The song was written by band members Zachary Barnett, David Rublin, Matthew Sanchez and James Shelley with producers Aaron Accetta and Shep Goodman and originally recorded for the band's debut studio album Oh, What a Life, appearing as the fifth track on the album. The track was released by Mercury Records and Island Records as a one-track digital single on February 18, 2014.
  20. "Trouble" is a song by Epic Records recording artist Chris Rene his debut EP, I'm Right Here. It was written by American Idol semi-finalist Alex Lambert, Busbee, and J Bonilla, and produced by busbee and J Bonilla. The song will serve as his second single of his debut album. The song was released for digital download on June 26, 2012.
  21. "Trouble" is a musical album of Sailor.
    • released in (40 years ago)
  22. "Trouble" is the third studio release by Duluth, Minnesota group Trampled by Turtles.
  23. "Trouble" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  24. "Trouble" is a song written by Todd Snider and recorded by American country music artist Mark Chesnutt. It was released in September 1995 as the first single from the album Wings. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


  1. Trouble was a television station in Ireland and the UK, owned by Virgin Media Television. It fully replaced The Children's Channel from 4 April 1998, prior to the start of Sky Digital.
  2. Trouble is a five-issue romance comic book limited series published in 2003 by Marvel Comics as a part of its mature Epic Comics imprint. Written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson, the series deals with teen pregnancy. The basic concept was created by Bill Jemas and Joe Quesada.
  3. Trouble is a free independent monthly magazine for the promotion of visual and performing arts and culture. Trouble Magazine, a company that is co-directed by artists Steve and Melissa Proposch, publishes and distributes the title in the AppStore and online at
  4. Trouble is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Natalia Kills for her second studio album of the same name, appearing on it as its closing track. The song's lyrics were written about bad behavior and trouble, while musically, "Trouble" is a midtempo 90s pop rock number that emulates arena rock. The overall sound of the song was praised by contemporary music critics, who also highlighted its placement on the album tracklisting.
  5. Trouble is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  6. Trouble is the lead single from Cypress Hill's sixth studio album, Stoned Raiders.

Phrases with Trouble

Phrases starting with the word Trouble:

  1. trouble spot
  2. trouble-free
  3. Trouble light
  4. trouble maker
  5. trouble-shoot
  6. trouble oneself
  7. trouble shooter
  8. Trouble and Strife
  9. Trouble In Paradise
  10. Trouble the Scorers

Phrases ending with the word Trouble:

  1. In Trouble
  2. double-trouble
  3. Engine Trouble
  4. ask for trouble
  5. Get Into Trouble
  6. To Get Into Trouble

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Trouble

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Google previewUnder Attack But Equipped to Stand (2006)

by Clifton Jones

TROUBLE IS A GOOD TIME TO KNOW THE LORD Some lessons we learn late, and there are some we can manage without ever learning. But when it comes to trouble and knowing the Lord, we are much better off when we know the Lord in ...

Google previewProzac Nation (2014)

Young and Depressed in America by Elizabeth Wurtzel

The trouble is that when we get around to solutions, it always seems to come down to Prozac.

Google previewCritical Thinking Skills For Dummies (2015)

by Martin Cohen

The trouble is that automatic and well‐established ways of thinking can stop you from seeing new possibilities or avoiding unexpected pitfalls. Plus, the great majority of people's thinking goes on without them being aware of it.

Google previewThe Anatomy of the Case Study (2015)

by Gary Thomas, Kevin Myers

But the trouble is that people are not ears of wheat, and nor are they potatoes or even soya beans. We cannot, when we set ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs (2002)

by Richard Lawrence Miller

Nerve damage can arise, causing trouble in walking and other movements. Manic behavior and seizures are reported. As with most other inhalant abuse, sudden death can OCCUllr.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (2015)

by Jennifer Speake

m business; trades and skills A TROUBLE shared is a trouble halved Telling someone of one's problems or sorrows makes the burden of them easier to bear. D 1931. D. L. SAYERS Five Red Herrings ix. "Unbosom yourself,' said Wimsey.

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Quotes about Trouble

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Scrabble value of T1R1O1U1B3L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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