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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But perhaps the more troublesome archetype is that of the bright young woman who rises to power without compromising her values at all. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Hollywood Reconsiders the Bad Female Boss, With a Generational Twist," 12 June 2019 Dams are most troublesome to migrating fish, which may not be able to reach crucial spawning grounds. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "Two-thirds of the longest rivers no longer flow freely—and it's harming us," 8 May 2019 Needless to say, his lack of strength could be troublesome in the NBA., "Bol Bol is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect of the 2019 NBA draft: Commentary," 14 June 2019 The right back had a troublesome afternoon against the England international, with the Red Devils striker getting the better of the Reds man on more than one occasion during the Old Trafford defeat., "​Trent Alexander-Arnold Labels Man Utd Defeat as 'Biggest' Learning Curve Ahead of Roma Semi-Final," 30 Apr. 2018 The front of the green is guarded on the right by a troublesome mound. star-telegram, "How to play the Trinity Forest golf course: Be creative and embrace the character | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 Most recently, the film was the subject of a troublesome lawsuit that, as a result, caused it to lose Amazon as a U.S. distributor. Yohana Desta, HWD, "A Brief, Exhausting Guide to Terry Gilliam’s Cursed Don Quixote Movie," 11 May 2018 Manager Aaron Boone said Friday that the Yankees plan to recall Bird, who has been out all season after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his troublesome right ankle, from a rehabilitation assignment. New York Times, "Greg Bird Is Rejoining the Yankees, Carrying Yet Another Bat," 25 May 2018 There are a number of troublesome phrases used to describe the same characteristics in men and women differently in the context of managing-director reviews, said Anu Aiyengar, the bank’s head of North American mergers and acquisitions. ... Michelle Ma, WSJ, "Top Wall Street Women Say Technology Can Help Close the Gender Gap," 21 Mar. 2019

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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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