trou·ble·some | \ˈtrə-bəl-səm \

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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Miami Beach police found the impersonation troublesome for many reasons. Charles Rabin And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "He faked being a cop on Twitter and got busted, but state declines to try case," 18 Jan. 2018 The decision will likely be most troublesome for smaller online retailers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Why the Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling May Benefit Amazon," 21 June 2018 For a team that lacks depth, any injury would be troublesome, but the senior captain is Rutgers' sixth man with intangibles that can't be replaced. USA TODAY, "Sanders, Baker lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64," 17 Jan. 2018 Prevention is your best defense against this troublesome fungus, says Larry Hodgson, author of Annuals for Every Purpose. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 3 Mar. 2017 By discarding that troublesome term and assuming that the eddies in this system are too short-lived to interact with each other, Falkovich and his colleagues tamed the equations enough to solve the Navier-Stokes equations for this case. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Flattened Fluids Help Scientists Understand Oceans and Atmospheres," 7 July 2018 Secretly photographing people or live tweeting their every word to exploit them for content (and, maybe, viral fame) is gross, but the depths to which Blair and Hardaway sank were particularly troublesome. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting," 9 July 2018 The situation is potentially troublesome for the Diamondbacks. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay opening eyes with sliding catches," 6 July 2018 But, more eyes on the competition to become America’s next drag superstar means a greater potential for troublesome behavior within the community. Lydia Price,, "Sasha Velour Spills the Secrets of Her Out-of-This-World RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Finale Look," 29 June 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 \

Kids Definition of troublesome

1 : giving distress or anxiety troublesome news

2 : difficult to deal with a troublesome child

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