trou·​ble·​some ˈtrə-bəl-səm How to pronounce troublesome (audio)
: giving trouble or anxiety : vexatious
troublesome news
troublesomely adverb
troublesomeness noun

Example Sentences

the troublesome news that there will be more cuts in the school budget
Recent Examples on the Web These accounts, and others like them, come with records that at best are troublesome or in violation of content policies and, at worst, echo the same kind of rhetoric that Anglin and Fuentes espouse. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 25 Jan. 2023 The high femme and body conscious look caused a slew of cyberbullying and troublesome attacks from online trolls, who were predominantly men. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2023 Nationally, Democrats are trying to retain control of the House and Senate, a tough task in any midterm, but especially troublesome in this economy. Dallas News, 23 Oct. 2022 The town has been talking about replacing the school for more than a decade — the antiquated heating system is particularly troublesome — with detailed planning starting in 2017. Johanna Seltz,, 9 Nov. 2022 Particularly troublesome were seven false starts against the Broncos. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2022 Using Matter devices in the Home app seems to be particularly troublesome. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Dutton — grimly determined older men, rebellious and potentially troublesome younger men and the confident and supportive women around them — the 1923 pilot is thoroughly watchable. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2022 Like creepy doll movies, stories that explore evil and/or self-aware technology call to mind the troublesome and blurry line where the inanimate object ends, and where something akin to humanity – but somehow different – begins. Dan Heching, CNN, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of troublesome was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Troublesome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


trou·​ble·​some ˈtrəb-əl-səm How to pronounce troublesome (audio)
: requiring or involving continued or tiring effort, attention, or study : difficult, burdensome
a troublesome task
: giving trouble or anxiety
troublesome news
troublesomely adverb

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