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[truhb-uh l-mey-ker] /ˈtrʌb əlˌmeɪ kər/
a person who causes difficulties, distress, worry, etc., for others, especially one who does so habitually as a matter of malice.
Origin of troublemaker
1910-15; trouble + maker
Related forms
troublemaking, noun
instigator, fomenter, inciter, rabble-rouser. Unabridged
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  • And she was in the church yet, a troublemaker sometimes, and a disturber of spiritual peace—but still there.

  • We don't know whether you're working for him or not, but you're a troublemaker.

    A World is Born Leigh Douglass Brackett
  • Throw that anchor overboard, Wally, and Ill tinker with the troublemaker.

  • Brownie was a troublemaker, Brownie talked too much, Brownie philosophized in a world that ridiculed philosophy.

    Derelict Alan Edward Nourse
  • In such cases, Investigations had stepped in and the Martian or Earthling troublemaker had been sent to the rare-earth mines.

    Blind Spot Bascom Jones
British Dictionary definitions for troublemaker


a person who makes trouble, esp between people
Derived Forms
troublemaking, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for troublemaker

also trouble-maker, 1843, from trouble (n.) + maker.

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