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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Following these revelations, Paypal banned the site from its payment platform — the latest action taken against the troublesome social network by a major technology company. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paypal bans Gab following Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 Hubble's troublesome gyroscopes are several small spinning cylinders that rotate and stabilize the telescope. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Fixed Hubble the Same Way You Fix Your Computer," 23 Oct. 2018 Cecil Beaton was an eclectic and troublesome Hollywood legend. Susan Dunne,, "Double Feature At Atheneum: 'Love Cecil' And 'Gigi'," 14 July 2018 Of the judges who made Trump’s shortlist, Kavanaugh was viewed as the most troublesome for environmentalists, said Jody Freeman, the founding director of Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law Program. Benjamin Hulac, Scientific American, "Kavanaugh’s Environmental Rulings Worry Climate Advocates," 10 July 2018 Military officials fretted about finding living arrangements for someone described as infirm and troublesome. Washington Post, "Where’s Capt. Molly? Search on for Revolutionary hero grave," 29 Apr. 2018 But that combined with the fact King is just now putting a TV spot up compared to Scholten’s aggressive TV presence and campaign could be troublesome for him. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The 16 most interesting House races of 2018," 6 Nov. 2018 Thunderstorms are especially troublesome for summer flights, sometimes flaring up out of nowhere to block flight paths and cause delays that can quickly ripple across the region or country. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Summer flying guide: How to cope with record crowds," 26 June 2018 While Carter -- who endorsed Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton -- was generally applauded by his fans following his critique of Trump, West was heavily criticized for affirming things about Trump that many in his fan base found troublesome. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "What people aren’t saying about Meek Mill’s turning down Trump’s prison reform event," 19 May 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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