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troublesome

[truhb-uh l-suh m] /ˈtrʌb əl səm/
adjective
1.
causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious:
a troublesome situation; a troublesome person.
2.
laborious; difficult.
3.
Archaic. full of distress or affliction.
Origin of troublesome
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; trouble + -some1
Related forms
troublesomely, adverb
troublesomeness, noun
untroublesome, adjective
Synonyms
1. perplexing, galling, harassing. 2. arduous, hard, burdensome.
Antonyms
2. easy.
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  • I shouldn't wonder if she thought me troublesome in those days.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • To people who are, and who can afford them, they are a troublesome necessity.

  • It's been hot, and of course it's troublesome to tell me everything.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Tenancy at a fixed rental is preferred, as less complicated and troublesome.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Why should this troublesome matter come to her when she had so much to bear, so much to do.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for troublesome

troublesome

/ˈtrʌbəlsəm/
adjective
1.
causing a great deal of trouble; worrying, upsetting, or annoying
2.
characterized by violence; turbulent
Derived Forms
troublesomely, adverb
troublesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for troublesome
n.

1540s, from trouble + -some (1).

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