Definition of troublesome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrəbəlsəm/


Causing difficulty or annoyance: a troublesome knee injury
More example sentences
  • He didn't think these things were exceptional or difficult or troublesome.
  • Headteachers will also be given the power to search troublesome pupils for weapons, he added.
  • Intricate repair work has taken place to tackle persistent problems at a troublesome set of York traffic lights.
annoying, irritating, exasperating, maddening, infuriating, irksome, pesky, vexatious, vexing, bothersome, nettlesome, tiresome, worrying, worrisome, disturbing, upsetting, niggling, nagging;
difficult, awkward, problematic, taxing
informal aggravating
difficult, awkward, trying, demanding, uncooperative, rebellious, unmanageable, unruly, obstreperous, disruptive, badly behaved, disobedient, naughty, recalcitrant, high-maintenance
formal refractory



Pronunciation: /ˈtrəb(ə)lsəmlē/
Example sentences
  • There is some irony to this: Both Rebecca and I were previously diagnosed with latent tuberculosis, a troublesomely common affliction among health care workers.
  • Surely this complex issue needs to be negotiated through the troublesomely imperfect processes of a fully informed and democratically representative government.
  • The lad's enthusiasm was endearing and troublesomely contagious.


Pronunciation: /ˈtrəb(ə)lsəmnəs/
Example sentences
  • The alcohol composite and drug composite scores from this instrument are based on frequency of use in the previous 30 days, ratings of troublesomeness, and assessments of need for treatment.
  • He didn't suffer from the same situation as Shakespeare's Romeo, but his youth had been on a similar level of troublesomeness.
  • Thus, the portable telephone apparatus capable of avoiding troublesomeness of the incoming responding operation can be obtained.

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Syllabification: trou·ble·some

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