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 troublemaking (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of troublemaker in a Sentence

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

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Will Hamas voluntarily let Gaza become a peaceful part of Egypt, and would the Egyptians accept the enormous disruption of absorbing these squabbling troublemakers? WSJ, "Arab-Israeli Solution Is Too Sensible to Work," 11 Jan. 2019 Repression can come from the left or the right, and the outcome is never good for troublemakers or their victims. WSJ, "Portland’s Anarchy Deserves Federal Response," 10 Aug. 2018 The troublemaker was arrested by police minutes later. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Burglar wakes up couple to ask to use their Wi-Fi network," 26 July 2018 Brazilians have a kind of cultural image of themselves as playful, lovable troublemakers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Corruption, fake news, and WhatsApp: how Bolsonaro won Brazil," 29 Oct. 2018 It’s participants were scorned as troublemakers and druggies. Jacob Feldman,, "How Does an Action Sports Superstar Age? Tony Hawk Is Figuring It Out on the Fly," 2 July 2018 Spanish soldier Don Jose, who falls for man-eating troublemaker Carmen, becomes army corporal Joe, angling to get into flight school and engaged to sweet hometown girl Cindy Lou. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Malcolm’s adult daughter Andrea (Lucy Boynton) also seems like a troublemaker who doesn’t fully hold with the island’s precepts, and has an immediate interest in Thomas. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 Her desperation makes her a memorably complex character and an all-too-human troublemaker. Justin Chang,, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is a bright, cheery tonic from the Marvel superhero factory," 27 June 2018

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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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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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