If something is disturbed, it's been moved or changed — it's not positioned or functioning the way it usually does. Traveling across the globe gives many people disturbed sleep patterns.

If your younger brother has been snooping in your room, the only evidence might be the disturbed items on your desk — maybe he rifled through your diary and left it in a different spot. When people are described as disturbed, it means they're troubled emotionally. The word comes from the Latin disturbare, "throw into disorder," and its root turba, "turmoil."

Definitions of disturbed
  1. adjective
    having the place or position changed
    “the disturbed books and papers on her desk”
    disturbed grass showed where the horse had passed”
    having the arrangement disturbed; not in order
  2. adjective
    afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
    “lapsed into disturbed sleep”
    synonyms: disquieted, distressed, upset, worried
    characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need
  3. adjective
    emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with personal relationships
    synonyms: maladjusted
    neurotic, psychoneurotic
    affected with emotional disorder
  4. adjective
    affected with madness or insanity
    synonyms: brainsick, crazy, demented, mad, sick, unbalanced, unhinged
    afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement
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