trou·​ble·​mak·​er | \ ˈtrə-bəl-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce troublemaker (audio) \

Definition of troublemaker

: a person who consciously or unconsciously causes trouble

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troublemaking \ ˈtrə-​bəl-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce troublemaker (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of troublemaker in a Sentence

He had the reputation of being a troublemaker in high school.
Recent Examples on the Web Russia, in short, is a troublemaker but not a major threat. Kathryn E. Stoner, WSJ, "The U.S. Should Stop Underestimating Russian Power," 23 Dec. 2020 Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas forever. Washington Post, "What to watch on Wednesday: ‘Happiest Season’ on Hulu," 25 Nov. 2020 But this time around there’s a third Vanessa Hudgens in the mix—a blonde troublemaker named Lady Fiona, who’s also Lady Margaret’s cousin. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Princess Switch: Switched Again Is Here, and People Are Already Obsessed," 19 Nov. 2020 Cleveland remembers being labeled a troublemaker and blamed for ruining the camping trip. Cara Kelly, USA Today, "He posed as a doctor and a wilderness expert. Behind the facade was an accused child molester.," 22 Oct. 2020 On Monday, the foreign ministry criticized Washington's record on climate, calling it a consensus-breaker and a troublemaker. Reuters, CNN, "China says environment still grim despite 5 years of progress," 21 Oct. 2020 But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). Dan Snierson,, "Here are all the Netflix holiday movies, specials, and shows coming in 2020," 7 Oct. 2020 Abigail Echo-Hawk can’t even count how many times she’s been called a troublemaker. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 data on Native Americans is ‘a national disgrace.’ This scientist is fighting to be counted," 24 Sep. 2020 Darby Camp reprises her role of Kate Pierce, who reunites with the Clauses when the infamous troublemaker known as the Belsnickel (Deadpool 2's Julian Dennison) threatens to destroy Christmas. Nick Romano,, "First Christmas Chronicles 2 teaser with Goldie Hawn sets November premiere," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of troublemaker

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of troublemaker was circa 1914

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30 Dec 2020

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“Troublemaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of troublemaker

: a person who causes trouble : a person who creates problems or difficulties involving other people

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