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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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 On one side is, essentially, TVB’s core demographic: older, conservative Hong Kong residents, who tend to sympathize with the police and see the protesters as troublemakers. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters’ New Target: A News Station Seen as China’s Friend," 14 July 2019 The new leader of the Conservative Party will not have to deal with a talented,ambitious troublemaker named Boris Johnson. The Economist, "Prime Minister Boris Johnson fulfils his dream," 23 July 2019 Terminating troublemakers In a May 2017 congressional hearing Comey declined to answer questions about whether the president was personally under investigation. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Here’s all the evidence of obstruction of justice in the Mueller report, in case you forgot," 22 July 2019 This design locks out potential troublemakers, allowing Libra to use a more lightweight consensus mechanism: one that won't consume vast amounts of computing power—and energy—like bitcoin's proof-of-work approach. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency," 11 July 2019 The instigating troublemaker, human division, arrives when Mary Ellen’s fellow high school student, Daniela (Katie Sarife),shows up uninvited. Michael Phillips,, "‘Annabelle Comes Home’ review: Adventures in babysitting a devil doll," 25 June 2019 Hilarity ensued on multiple occasions, like when Jackson displayed how JB acts in front of his crushes, and when the members’ called out the biggest troublemaker of the group. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "GOT7 Plays 'How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?': Watch," 12 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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