Share this entry

tracasserie Line breaks: tra¦cas|serie
Pronunciation: /trəˈkas(ə)ri/

Definition of tracasserie in English:


(usually tracasseries) archaic
A fuss; a petty quarrel: all the intrigues and tracasseries of the cabinet
More example sentences
  • For Jane Austen life really is all about money and tracasserie, and gossip and dresses, and feeling superior - the very things for which Emma Woodhouse is castigated.
  • He was not at all pleased to see me, but gradually thawed and explained that owing to the tracasseries of the Bishop of Poitiers, he had been made the victim of a continuous and vindictive persecution.
  • After all these weary tracasseries of the cramers, it is refreshing, if only by way of contrast, to come to the military Scot in Poland, who was, if not more noble by birth than many of the merchants, yet considerably more interesting.


French, from tracasser 'to bustle or fuss'.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coiffeur
Pronunciation: kwɑːˈfəː
a hairdresser