trou·ble·mak·er | \ˈtrə-bəl-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of troublemaker 

: a person who consciously or unconsciously causes trouble

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troublemaking \ˈtrə-bəl-ˌmā-kiŋ \ adjective or noun

Examples of troublemaker in a Sentence

He had the reputation of being a troublemaker in high school.

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The games have also sanded some hard edges off Russia’s reputation as a troublemaker, even as nothing has changed in Ukraine or Syria. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russia Relaxes, for a Moment, to Let Soccer Fans Rejoice," 2 July 2018 With the barest of scripts (the Beatles prepare for a television performance and deal with Paul’s troublemaker grandfather), director Richard Lester had a springboard to essentially create the art of the music video. Jordan Hoffman, New York Times, "Where to Stream the Best, and the Most Ridiculous, of the Beatles on Film," 9 July 2018 But enough of a disruption to potentially pique the interest of a digital troublemaker eager to prove their prowess. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro cybersecurity audit highlights growing concerns at agencies across the country," 7 July 2018 The Prussian authorities, increasingly alarmed by the revolutionary activity that had begun spreading across Europe in 1848, banished this troublemaker the following year. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Marx and Marxism’ and ‘A World to Win’ Review: Better Dead Than Read," 5 July 2018 Organizers of the march, the far left party Defiant France, warned troublemakers to stay away. Fox News, "2,000 French police on streets for anti-Macron protest," 5 May 2018 Terrance headed for the door to prevent the troublemakers from coming inside. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: College student from Milwaukee hailed as hero for fighting off a mob threatening gay men in Salt Lake City," 12 June 2018 Some misguided troublemaker was defending the Mods. Rachel Kushner, The New Yorker, "Finding Yourself in Film," 4 June 2017 High-tech radars constantly scan for potential troublemakers, like boats sent from Iran. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of troublemaker

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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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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