Definition of troublesome in English:



  • Causing difficulty or annoyance.

    ‘schools are removing troublesome pupils’
    • ‘The signs would also warn the troublesome adults that they could be banned from school premises.’
    • ‘Instead, a troublesome groin injury curtailed his appearances on both sides of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Intricate repair work has taken place to tackle persistent problems at a troublesome set of York traffic lights.’
    • ‘We are constantly assessing individuals, but I do not recommend people if they are troublesome.’
    • ‘Eczema can also be troublesome and will recur unless the veins are treated.’
    • ‘And for the tax office it is too troublesome to go after the people that do not pay.’
    • ‘But police and fire crews were left to mop up hundreds of complaints about troublesome youths.’
    • ‘Coaches will converge on London for a potentially troublesome march next Thursday.’
    • ‘For many troublesome children, this might make education appear relevant to them for the first time.’
    • ‘How troublesome will backbenchers really be when it comes to a vote?’
    • ‘If dreams become too troublesome I find that a good dose of cleansing salts may be relied upon to restore equilibrium.’
    • ‘He said officers will continue to hand-out harassment warnings to troublesome youths.’
    • ‘The downside is that my nights are rather troublesome, and I'm not getting a lot of rest from them.’
    • ‘Gels are a more comfortable option in hot and humid conditions where sweating is troublesome.’
    • ‘The troublesome ankle was the cause of his difficulties right up until Christmas.’
    • ‘Also, people who drink too much alcohol can often suffer these troublesome symptoms.’
    • ‘Headteachers will also be given the power to search troublesome pupils for weapons, he added.’
    • ‘This common caterpillar is the most troublesome species attacking glasshouse and houseplants.’
    • ‘He didn't think these things were exceptional or difficult or troublesome.’
    • ‘The gang then fragmented, troublesome families moved away and the area has now returned to normality.’
    annoying, irritating, exasperating, maddening, infuriating, irksome, vexatious, vexing, inconvenient, bothersome, tiresome, worrying, worrisome, disturbing, upsetting, distressing, perturbing, concerning, niggling, nagging
    disruptive, uncooperative, rebellious, unmanageable, unruly, troublemaking, obstreperous, badly behaved, attention-seeking, disobedient, naughty, refractory, recalcitrant, difficult, awkward, trying
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