trou·​ble·​some | \ ˈtrə-bəl-səm How to pronounce troublesome (audio) \

Definition of troublesome

2 : giving trouble or anxiety : vexatious troublesome news

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Other Words from troublesome

troublesomely adverb
troublesomeness noun

Examples of troublesome in a Sentence

the troublesome news that there will be more cuts in the school budget

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Manager Aaron Boone said Friday that the Yankees plan to recall Bird, who has been out all season after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his troublesome right ankle, from a rehabilitation assignment. New York Times, "Greg Bird Is Rejoining the Yankees, Carrying Yet Another Bat," 25 May 2018 There are a number of troublesome phrases used to describe the same characteristics in men and women differently in the context of managing-director reviews, said Anu Aiyengar, the bank’s head of North American mergers and acquisitions. ... Michelle Ma, WSJ, "Top Wall Street Women Say Technology Can Help Close the Gender Gap," 21 Mar. 2019 The SpaceX hopper, a prototype of its next-generation Starship, has encountered a troublesome foe on Earth: the wind. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Starship Test Rocket Was Knocked Over by High Winds," 24 Jan. 2019 While there is no doubting the talent of the 32-year-old, question marks remain regarding his fitness having only made four appearances all season due to a troublesome metatarsal injury., "Why Marc-Andre ter Stegen Deserves the Number 1 Spot for Germany at This Summer's FIFA World Cup," 31 May 2018 But recovery from Achilles injuries can often be troublesome and Sherman also had a cleanup surgery on his opposite ankle during the offseason. Tim Booth,, "Seahawks to release star cornerback Richard Sherman," 9 Mar. 2018 The effects of lead are irreversible and are especially troublesome in children, whose brains and bodies are rapidly developing. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 The company plans to set up an independent body that will hear appeals related to the company’s decisions on troublesome content. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Says Criticism of Its Russia Response Is ‘Unfair’," 15 Nov. 2018 The challenge for YouTube is to make sure advertisements don’t show up next to troublesome content without cutting off the revenue stream of smaller video makers whose niche content helps make YouTube different from mainstream television. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "YouTube Adds More Scrutiny to Top-Tier Videos," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of troublesome

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of troublesome

: causing problems or worry : causing trouble


trou·​ble·​some | \ ˈtrə-bəl-səm How to pronounce troublesome (audio) \

Kids Definition of troublesome

1 : giving distress or anxiety troublesome news
2 : difficult to deal with a troublesome child

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