Dictionary: TROSS'ERS – TROUL

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Trowsers. [Not used. See Trowsers.] Shak.

TROT, n.

  1. The pace of a horse or other quadruped, when he lifts one fore foot and the hind foot of the opposite side at the same time. This pace is the same as that of a walk, but more rapid. The trot is often a jolting hard motion, but in some horses, it is as easy as the amble or pace, and has a more stately appearance.
  2. An old woman; in contempt.

TROT, v.i. [Fr. trotter; G. trotten to trot, to tread; It. trottare; Sp. and Port. trotar; allied probably to tread and to strut.]

  1. To move faster than in walking, as a horse or other quadruped, by lifting one fore foot and the hind foot of the opposite side at the same time. Cyc.
  2. To walk or move fast; or to run. He that rises late must trot all day, and will scarcely overtake his business at night. Franklin.

TROTH, n. [Sax. treothe; the old orthography of truth. See Truth.]

  1. Belief; faith; fidelity; as, to plight one's troth. [Obs.] Shak.
  2. Truth; verity; veracity; as, in troth; by my troth. [Obs.]


Faithless; treacherous. [Obs.] Fairfax.


Betrothed; espoused; affianced. [Obs.] Shak.


The act of betrothing or plighting faith.


To betroth or affiance. [Obs.]


Having fidelity pledged.


  1. A beast that trots, or that usually trots.
  2. A sheep's foot.


Moving with a trot; walking fast, or running.

TROU-BA-DOUR, n. [from Fr. trouver, to find.]

Literally a finder or inventor, a name given to a poet in Provenco in France. The troubadours are considered the inventors of a species of provensal poetry, much celebrated as early as the twelfth century. Henry's Brit.

TROUB-LE, n. [trub'l.]

  1. Disturbance of mind; agitation; commotion of spirits; perplexity; a word of very extensive application.
  2. Affliction; calamity. He shall deliver thee in six troubles. Job v. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Ps. xxv.
  3. Molestation; inconvenience; annoyance. Lest the fiend some new trouble raise. Milton.
  4. Uneasiness; vexation. Milton.
  5. That which gives disturbance, annoyance or vexation; that which afflicts.

TROUB-LE, v.t. [trub'l; Fr. troubler; It. turbare; Sp. and Port. turbar; L. turbo; Gaelic, treabhlaim, which seems to be connected with treabham, to plow, that is, to turn or to stir, W. torva, L. turba, a crowd, and perhaps trova, a turn; Gr. τρεπω. The primary sense is to turn or to stir, to whirl about, as in L. turbo, turbinis, a whirlwind. Hence the sense of agitation, disturbance.]

  1. To agitate; to disturb; to put into confused motion. God looking forth will trouble all his host. Milton. An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. John v.
  2. To disturb; to perplex. Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure. Locke.
  3. To afflict; to grieve; to distress. Those that trouble me, rejoice when I am moved. Ps. xiii.
  4. To busy; to cause to be much engaged or anxious. Martha, thou art careful, and troubled about many things. Luke x.
  5. To tease; to vex; to molest. The boy so troubles me, / 'Tis past enduring. Shak.
  6. To give occasion for labor to. I will not trouble you to deliver the letter. I will not trouble myself in this affair.
  7. To sue for a debt. He wishes not to trouble his debtors.

TROUB'LED, pp. [trub'ld.]

Disturbed; agitated; afflicted; annoyed; molested.

TROUB'LER, n. [trub'ler.]

One who disturbs; one who afflicts or molests; a disturber; as, a troubler of the peace. The rich troublers of the world's repose. Waller.

TROUB-LE-SOME, a. [trub'lsome.]

  1. Giving trouble or disturbance; molesting; annoying; vexatious. In warm climates, insects are very troublesome.
  2. Burdensome; tiresome; wearisome. My mother will never be troublesome to me. Pope.
  3. Giving inconvenience to. I wish not to be troublesome as a guest.
  4. Teasing; importunate; as, a troublesome applicant.

TROUB'LE-SOME-LY, adv. [trub'lsomely.]

In a manner or degree to give trouble; vexatiously.

TROUB'LE-SOME-NESS, n. [trub'lsomeness.]

  1. Vexatiousness; the quality of giving trouble or of molesting. Bacon.
  2. Unseasonable intrusion importunity.


A disturber of the community. [Not used.]

TROUB-LING, n. [trub'ling.]

  1. The act of disturbing or putting in commotion. John v.
  2. The act of afflicting.

TROUB-LING, ppr. [trub'ling.]

Disturbing; agitating; molesting; annoying; afflicting.

TROUB-LOUS, a. [trub'lus.]

  1. Agitated; tumultuous; full of commotion. A tall ship toss'd in troublous seas. Spenser.
  2. Full of trouble or disorder; tumultuous; full of affliction. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Dan. ix.

TROUGH, n. [trauf; Sax. trog; D. and G. trog; Dan. trug; It. truogo.]

  1. A vessel hollow longitudinally, or a large log or piece of timber excavated longitudinally on the upper side; used for various purposes.
  2. A tray. [This is the same word dialectically altered.]
  3. A canoe; the rude boat of uncivilized men. Abbot.
  4. The channel that conveys water, as in mills. The trough of the sea, the hollow between waves.

TROUL, n. [for Troll. See Troll.]