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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For impressionable young troublemakers, the film must have seemed like a how-to manual for perpetrating anarchy: both The Narrator and Durden speak directly to the camera at times, explaining their techniques and motivations. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Fight Club” presaged the darker corners of the internet," 10 Sep. 2019 Photographs of the execution squares in Damascus and Aleppo where Syria’s Bashar al-Assad would hang troublemakers each morning., "Wordless terror and the world’s refugees: Steve Duin," 2 Aug. 2019 Country music needs its cantankerous contrarians and twangy troublemakers. John Adamian,, "Toby Keith playing Mohegan for Independence Day," 28 June 2019 The Frenchman has failed to make an appearance for PSG since December after a monumental falling out with the Ligue 1 winners and has garnered a reputation as something of a troublemaker., "Paul Pogba: 6 Players Who Could Replace the Frenchman at Man Utd After 'New Challenge' Revelations," 16 June 2019 After flagging her superiors about these troubling outcomes on numerous occasions, she was considered a troublemaker and was eventually fired. CBS News, "Doctors vs. midwives: OB-GYN blew the whistle, risked career, to protect moms and babies," 14 June 2019 More Stories The lead troublemaker, Max, is played by Jacob Tremblay—another in a long line of preternaturally talented pre-teen actors (think Dakota Fanning and Haley Joel Osment) with astounding poise in front of the camera. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Good Boys Is a Raunchy but Sweet Comedy," 12 Aug. 2019 Islands have always been ripe for troublemakers and hijinks — actual pirate captains, not just imaginary ones ideated in suburbia. Alison Fields, Longreads, "On, In, or Near the Sea: A Book List," 25 July 2019 Its usual spokespeople, who carefully maintain the appearance of a plurality of opinion when times are calm, have unanimously compared protesters to racists, anti-Semites, homophobes, plotters, and troublemakers. . . Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019

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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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