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troublesome

[truhb-uh l-suh m] /ˈtrʌb əl səm/
adjective
1.
causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious:
a troublesome situation; a troublesome person.
2.
laborious; difficult.
3.
Archaic. full of distress or affliction.
Origin of troublesome
1540-1550
1540-50; trouble + -some1
Related forms
troublesomely, adverb
troublesomeness, noun
untroublesome, adjective
Synonyms
1. perplexing, galling, harassing. 2. arduous, hard, burdensome.
Antonyms
2. easy.
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  • She is never noisy nor troublesome; so they like to have her with them, and they like to talk to her, and to instruct her.

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  • Why should this troublesome matter come to her when she had so much to bear, so much to do.

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  • They would have promised anything to be rid of the troublesome filibustero.

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  • They've been learnt to do all sorts of hard and troublesome things.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • If it were not for these troublesome restrictions on trade, and the fear of the British.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for troublesome

troublesome

/ˈtrʌbəlsəm/
adjective
1.
causing a great deal of trouble; worrying, upsetting, or annoying
2.
characterized by violence; turbulent
Derived Forms
troublesomely, adverb
troublesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for troublesome
n.

1540s, from trouble + -some (1).

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