troublesome

adjective

trou·​ble·​some ˈtrə-bəl-səm How to pronounce troublesome (audio)
1
2
: giving trouble or anxiety : vexatious
troublesome news
troublesomely adverb
troublesomeness noun

Example Sentences

the troublesome news that there will be more cuts in the school budget
Recent Examples on the Web But after Oregon State’s near upset two weeks ago, remaining games against Washington State, Utah and UCLA feel troublesome for the Trojans. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2022 That's particularly troublesome for Buffy, who is dressed as a helpless 18th-century girl. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 What's most troublesome for Bateman is that he's been targeted often (22 times in four games) but only has 11 receptions. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2022 The average length of employment for workers who gets laid off is only a year, which might be troublesome for the millions of Americans who switched jobs during the past 18 months. Trey Williams, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2022 There are several reasons why fireflies are at risk, and all are equally troublesome for the charismatic creature. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 This type of injury can be particularly troublesome for a catcher with the flexibility and movement needed behind the plate. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2022 The politicization of the office is troublesome to current Secretary of State John Merrill, a Tuscaloosa Republican who is term limited from seeking re-election this year. al, 6 Feb. 2022 Trends are particularly troublesome in younger Michiganders, most of whom only recently became eligible for vaccination. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of troublesome was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Troublesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troublesome. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

troublesome

adjective

trou·​ble·​some ˈtrəb-əl-səm How to pronounce troublesome (audio)
1
: requiring or involving continued or tiring effort, attention, or study : difficult, burdensome
a troublesome task
2
: giving trouble or anxiety
troublesome news
troublesomely adverb

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