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[truhb-uh l-suh m]
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  1. causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious: a troublesome situation; a troublesome person.
  2. laborious; difficult.
  3. Archaic. full of distress or affliction.
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Origin of troublesome

First recorded in 1540–50; trouble + -some1
Related formstrou·ble·some·ly, adverbtrou·ble·some·ness, nounun·trou·ble·some, adjective


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1. perplexing, galling, harassing. 2. arduous, hard, burdensome.


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.


    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.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for troublesome


  1. causing a great deal of trouble; worrying, upsetting, or annoying
  2. characterized by violence; turbulent
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Derived Formstroublesomely, adverbtroublesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for troublesome


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

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