per·​turbed pər-ˈtərbd How to pronounce perturbed (audio)
: troubled in mind : feeling or showing agitation : bothered, upset
Never in his life had he been so perturbed, so horribly anxious.Frank Norris
The next 40 minutes were spent in a slow, long-distance waltz with the bear. He had spotted us, of course, and he climbed another 10 feet up the hill. He turned and chuffed once but didn't seem perturbed.Robert Sullivan

Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perturbed was in 1538

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“Perturbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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