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

Origin of troublemaker

First recorded in 1910–15; trouble + maker
Related formstrou·ble·mak·ing, noun

Synonyms for troublemaker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for troublemaker

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Historical Examples of troublemaker

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

    A World is Born

    Leigh Douglass Brackett

  • Throw that anchor overboard, Wally, and Ill tinker with the troublemaker.

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

    Blind Spot

    Bascom Jones

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


    Alan Edward Nourse

  • And she was in the church yet, a troublemaker sometimes, and a disturber of spiritual peace—but still there.

British Dictionary definitions for troublemaker



a person who makes trouble, esp between people
Derived Formstroublemaking, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for troublemaker

also trouble-maker, 1843, from trouble (n.) + maker.

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