Synonyms of trouble in English:


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See UK English definition of trouble

See Spanish definition of molestia


1‘it's the least you can do after all the trouble you've caused’

problems, difficulty, issues, bother, inconvenience, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, disquiet, unease, irritation, vexation, annoyance, stress, agitation, harassment, unpleasantness
informal hassle

2‘she ought not to be spilling out her troubles to you’

problem, misfortune, difficulty, issue, trial, tribulation, trauma, adversity, hardship, burden, distress, pain, suffering, affliction, torment, woe, grief, unhappiness, sadness, heartache, misery
archaic travails

3‘he's gone to a lot of trouble to help you’

bother, inconvenience, fuss, effort, exertion, work, labour
pains, care, attention, thought
informal hassle

4‘I wouldn't want to be a trouble to her’

nuisance, bother, inconvenience, irritation, irritant, problem, trial, pest, cause of annoyance, source of difficulty, thorn in someone's flesh, thorn in someone's side
informal headache, pain in the neck, pain, pain in the backside, drag, bore
North American informal pain in the butt, burr in someone's saddle, burr under someone's saddle, nudnik
Australian informal fair cow
British vulgar slang pain in the arse
North American vulgar slang pain in the ass

5‘you're too gullible, that's your trouble’

shortcoming, weakness, weak point, failing, fault, imperfection, defect, blemish
problem, difficulty

6‘he had a history of heart trouble’

disease, illness, sickness, ailment, complaint, problem
disorder, disability, dysfunction

7‘the crash was apparently due to engine trouble’

malfunction, dysfunction, failure, breakdown, fault

8‘there was crowd trouble before the match’

disturbance, disorder, unrest, bother, fighting, scuffling, conflict, tumult, commotion, turbulence, uproar, ructions, fracas, rumpus, brouhaha, furore, breach of the peace
dated Law affray
informal to-do, hoo-ha, hullabaloo
British informal kerfuffle

order, peace


1‘this matter had been troubling her for some time’

worry, bother, cause concern to, concern, disturb, upset, make anxious, make uncomfortable, make uneasy, agitate, distress, grieve, alarm, perturb, annoy, irritate, vex, irk, torment, plague, nag, niggle, gnaw at, prey on someone's mind, lie heavy on someone's mind, weigh heavy on someone's mind, oppress, weigh down, burden, afflict
perplex, puzzle
informal bug

2‘lately he has been troubled by bouts of ill health’

be afflicted by, be afflicted with, be bedevilled by, be beset by, be beset with, be dogged by, be incapacitated with, be racked with, be cursed with
suffer from
informal be a martyr to
archaic ail with

3‘there is nothing you need trouble about’

be anxious, be distressed, be concerned, concern oneself, worry, upset oneself, fret, agonize

4‘don't trouble to see me out’

bother, take the time, take the trouble, go to the trouble, make the effort, exert oneself, go out of one's way

5‘I'm sorry to trouble you’

inconvenience, cause inconvenience to, bother, impose on, create difficulties for, disturb, put out, disoblige
informal hassle
rare discommode, incommode


    in trouble

    ‘by 1995, the firm was in trouble’

    in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wall
    informal in shtook, in a tight corner, in a tight spot, in a fix, in a hole, in hot water, up the creek, up the creek without a paddle, in a jam, in a pickle, in the soup, screwed, up against it
    British informal up a gum tree
    vulgar slang in the shit, in deep shit, up shit creek