causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious: a troublesome situation; a troublesome person.
laborious; difficult.
Archaic. full of distress or affliction.

Origin of troublesome

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

Synonyms for troublesome

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

Antonyms for troublesome

2. easy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for troublesome

Contemporary Examples of troublesome

Historical Examples of troublesome

  • 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



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

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

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