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troublesome

[truhb-uhl-suhm]
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adjective
  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

Synonyms for troublesome

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

Antonyms for troublesome

2. easy.
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Related Words for troublesome

tricky, intractable, tough, unruly, problematic, taxing, worrying, ugly, burdensome, irksome, damaging, dangerous, messy, alarming, inconvenient, annoying, irritating, painful, difficult, vexing

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.

    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

adjective
  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

n.

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

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