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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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 Or that two armed robbers—or even troublemakers—might one day step in front of your driverless car, which will stop politely and effectively trap you on the road. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Our Future Is Safer, but Terrifying," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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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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