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 But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). Dan Snierson,, "Here are all the Netflix holiday movies, specials, and shows coming in 2020," 7 Oct. 2020 Abigail Echo-Hawk can’t even count how many times she’s been called a troublemaker. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 data on Native Americans is ‘a national disgrace.’ This scientist is fighting to be counted," 24 Sep. 2020 Darby Camp reprises her role of Kate Pierce, who reunites with the Clauses when the infamous troublemaker known as the Belsnickel (Deadpool 2's Julian Dennison) threatens to destroy Christmas. Nick Romano,, "First Christmas Chronicles 2 teaser with Goldie Hawn sets November premiere," 15 Sep. 2020 Homes without such microbes leave us less prepared for the challenges that arise when a tiny troublemaker does find our warm, moist bodies. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Our Health Depends on Our Homes and Work Spaces," 18 Aug. 2020 In early January, fans were blown away by reports that Richards had hooked up with the franchise's resident troublemaker Brandi Glanville. Ineye Komonibo,, "Have We Seen The Last Of Denise Richards On RHOBH?," 19 Aug. 2020 Historically, the Timbers are notoriously an unrelenting chip-on-their-shoulder troublemaker against any opponent and are no strangers to big games. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "What you need to know for the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament championship game," 11 Aug. 2020 The hero was once called a troublemaker, and far worse. Mary Schmich Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "Today's troublemakers may be tomorrow's heroes," 30 July 2020 This isn't the first time Louis has proved to be a troublemaker for Kate during the pandemic. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Says Prince Louis Is Bad at Social Distancing Because He Wants to "Cuddle Everything"," 14 July 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Troublemaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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