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[ truhb-uhl-mey-ker ]


  1. a person who causes difficulties, distress, worry, etc., for others, especially one who does so habitually as a matter of malice.

    Synonyms: inciter, fomenter, instigator, rabble-rouser


/ ˈtrʌbəlˌmeɪkə /


  1. a person who makes trouble, esp between people

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtroubleˌmaking, adjectivenoun

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Other Words From

  • trouble·making noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of troublemaker1

First recorded in 1910–15; trouble + maker

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Example Sentences

Months later, he purged the state party of troublemakers ahead of what would be his final re-election bid in 2016.

From Time

The union reminded flight attendants that the best solution is to keep potential troublemakers off planes.

If other leaders are tone-policing you, and you’re too loud, you’re like a troublemaker—we all know that’s what happens to people like me—then if someone defends you, they’re obviously going to also be a problem for the other leaders.

Last year, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong used the occasion to don Halloween-themed masks at a time the city’s government had banned face coverings to make it easier to identify troublemakers.

From Ozy

I am happy to report that our listenership includes plenty of troublemakers as well as smoothers-over.

Trailblazing comedian and troublemaker Joan Rivers died on Thursday at the age of 81.

The Nasty Gal queen went from troublemaker to CEO of a million-dollar company in just a few years.

“Broken” is the first song the Canadian troublemaker unleashed.

In later years, Mandela would translate it with mingled pride and self-deprecating humor as “troublemaker.”

Ted Cruz is known as a right-wing troublemaker, but he is tame compared to his dad.

We don't know whether you're working for him or not, but you're a troublemaker.

Brownie was a troublemaker, Brownie talked too much, Brownie philosophized in a world that ridiculed philosophy.

Yet the bloody shirt lingered long as a troublemaker, and was invoked by both parties.

Well, I can hardly be called a troublemaker, and you had a pretty peaceful time with me.

In such cases, Investigations had stepped in and the Martian or Earthling troublemaker had been sent to the rare-earth mines.


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