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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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 Potentially more troublesome is relying on home DNA tests for medical information, such as indications of a genetic propensity for cancer or diabetes. David Lazarus,, "Does this dog look like a Saint Bernard? The questionable business of home DNA tests," 12 June 2018 Admittedly, the 6-foot-5 forward is not at her best, which is troublesome for the Mystics. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three thoughts on the WNBA Finals as the series shifts to D.C.," 11 Sep. 2018 More likely than not, the systems will be running ROMs, which could be troublesome for Soulja in the future. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Soulja Boy is selling his own video game consoles," 9 Dec. 2018 The competitive creed in world religions has often proved troublesome. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 The storm is particularly troublesome for the 15-year-old Opportunity rover, which has no power source save its solar panels. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly All the Dust on Mars Comes From One Rock Formation," 26 July 2018 The company says the Odysseus will be ready for its first flight in 2019—and hopes that its travels won't be as troublesome as those of its namesake Greek hero. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Odysseus, the Solar-Powered Aircraft That Can Fly for Months," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of troublesome

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of troublesome was in 1542

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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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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