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.
Recent Examples on the Web Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement said 6,000 police officers would fan out around the city, notably amid fears that protest groups and extremist troublemakers could join the action., "French trains stop as mass strike begins over pensions - The Boston Globe," 5 Dec. 2019 Paris police chief Didier Lallement said that 6,000 police officers would fan out around the city, notably amid fears that protest groups and extremist troublemakers could join the action. Washington Post, "French trains stop as mass strike begins over pensions," 4 Dec. 2019 Befana, the Italian witch, delivers presents to good children but kidnaps troublemakers for her hungry husband, according to legend. National Geographic, "How Christmas is celebrated around the world," 23 Dec. 2019 And why was the inflatable snowman called out like that—Frosty is no troublemaker! Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Texas Family Told to Take Down Christmas Decorations Because It Was Too Early," 19 Nov. 2019 Yang was the biggest troublemaker for FBCA’s defense, scoring 19 points. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "End-of-game play unable to rescue FBCA in 55-54 defeat," 22 Nov. 2019 Yes, the former teenage troublemaker would become the youngest person ever and the first woman to join the board of the century-old William Morris Agency. Jillian Kramer, Glamour, "What Do Oprah, Arianna Huffington, and Glennon Doyle Have in Common? Her Name Is Jennifer Rudolph Walsh," 24 Oct. 2019 For a long time now, glass has been the class troublemaker in a recycling bin. Michael Taylor,, "The recycling market is terrible! Sort your plastics carefully," 4 Oct. 2019 An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 29- Dec. 5," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of troublemaker

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Troublemaker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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