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 For Democrats, the conflict between the desires of millennials for space and safety and the urban-centric policy goals of many party leaders could prove troublesome. Joel Kotkin, Star Tribune, "The 2020 election will be decided in the suburbs. You knew that.," 9 Sep. 2020 Thousands remain unemployed, and the state’s system for unemployment benefits remains troublesome for applicants. Emily Opilo,, "Maryland to enter stage three of coronavirus recovery plan, allowing all businesses — including movie theaters — to reopen," 1 Sep. 2020 Judge’s injury, in particular, has proved troublesome for the Yankees, who revamped their health and performance staff in January. James Wagner, New York Times, "It’s Confusing Sometimes, but the Yankees Manage to Stay on Track," 30 Aug. 2020 Holes in the federal database are potentially troublesome for Ohio citizens who live in nursing homes or have family members there. Deon J. Hampton, The Enquirer, "Investigation: U.S. list of COVID-19 deaths leaves out some local nursing homes," 28 Aug. 2020 Players at one of the Miami Dolphins’ most troublesome positions seem to be nursing a few injuries, which could test the unit’s depth. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins camp report: Receivers struggle during Wednesday practice that features backups only," 26 Aug. 2020 The compound is also a good way of decreasing the use of different medications, which can become troublesome after years of recurring use. Maria Loreto,, "3 Ways CBD can help seniors," 24 Aug. 2020 College athletes all over the nation — and in particular down in Austin — are flush with information about the occasionally troublesome traditions on their campuses. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "College athletes are speaking out on troublesome campus traditions. It’s time to listen.," 14 June 2020 So far this year, the Friends of Lower Shaker Lake have already put in more than 1,000 hours removing the troublesome plants and replacing them with native species, some of those cultivated in their own yards. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Friends of Lower Shaker Lake work to restore Shaker Heights’ natural beauty," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Sep 2020

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“Troublesome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce troublesome (audio)

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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