Definition of troublesome in English:

Share this entry


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.
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.

Related Words