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
Recent Examples on the Web The non-profit program aims to bring awareness to common food allergens that are troublesome for children on Halloween while inviting families to come up with solutions like toys and crafts instead of candy. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 10 Sep. 2021 That’s the type of impact the Dolphins hope McKinney, who Miami traded for this offseason, brings to the defense this season, helping to tighten the screws in an area that has been troublesome for nearly a decade. Omar Kelly,, 4 Aug. 2021 The restrictions in India and the ban in Nigeria are troublesome for Twitter. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 12 June 2021 Someone parking on a residential street to visit a hairstylist, for example, is assumed to be more troublesome than someone parking to visit friends. Chris Edwards, National Review, 15 May 2021 Delays can be particularly troublesome for small businesses selling seasonal goods. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Even Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a Taliban victory could be troublesome for the region. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 18 Apr. 2021 Exposure can be especially troublesome for kids, who may experience neurological problems that link back to nitrogen dioxide. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 5 Mar. 2021 To suggest that people might behave optimally in a different way is troublesome. Rachel Carpenter, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021

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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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17 Sep 2021

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“Troublesome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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