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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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Examples from the web for troublemaker
  • Anyone foolish enough to make comments is considered a troublemaker.
  • Formally banning a troublemaker bolsters the park's ability to prosecute repeat offenders, law enforcement officials say.
  • Suppose there's a row of merchants, and all are bedeviled by a troublemaker who roams their storefronts, scaring off customers.
  • As a constant troublemaker in school, she spent a lot of time out in the hall, usually drawing on a large sheet of oak tag.
  • So if you get into trouble, that doesn't mean you're a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right.
  • The zebra mussel is a prime example of a troublemaker.
  • Joseph, the troublemaker, could talk his way out of anything.
  • It is basic human nature to be grateful for the invitation, and the desire not to be viewed as a troublemaker is quite strong.
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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