trou·​bled ˈtrə-bəld How to pronounce troubled (audio)
: concerned, worried
troubled feelings about the decision
: exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems
a program for troubled youth
: characterized by or indicative of trouble
our troubled cities
a gray and troubled sky

Examples of troubled in a Sentence

She seemed troubled about something. These have been troubled times.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s kinda what happened for investors in Trump Media & Technology Group, the troubled owner of Truth Social, on Monday. Allison Morrow, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Since then, the administration has been faulted for not adopting a comprehensive plan to fill severe gaps in community services statewide for troubled youth, develop alternative secure sites to Long Creek and stabilize the prison. Callie Ferguson Ashley L. Conti, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Dade Correctional’s troubled history Their convictions put a partial cap on a lengthy investigation by law enforcement involving a correctional center that historically has been plagued by prisoner mistreatment and inmate deaths. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 How doctors and patients negotiate this troubled relationship is not often depicted in media coverage of trans medicine and rarely discussed in academia. Noah Schamus, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2024 And seven American kids who were sent to a school for troubled teens are stuck in Jamaica. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 So are the returning Slimer, Aykroyd giving new depth to Ray Stantz, Murray being Murray, and Grace's Phoebe befriending a troubled teen ghost (Emily Alyn Lind). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 Critic says lack of communication from prison is 'heartbreakingly familiar' Nearly five months later, Anderson remains troubled by the lack of transparency surrounding her son’s death. Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2024 But the Mona Passage — fast-flowing, shark-infested, one of the roughest stretches of water in the world — remains a troubled crucible of imperial traffic. Carina Del Valle Schorske, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of troubled was in the 14th century

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“Troubled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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