adjective Date: 1542 1. difficult, burdensome 2. giving trouble or anxiety ; vexatious <
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troublesomely adverbtroublesomeness noun

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  • troublesome — 1540s, from TROUBLE (Cf. trouble) + SOME (Cf. some) …   Etymology dictionary

  • troublesome — [adj] bothersome, worrisome alarming, annoying, arduous, burdensome, damaging, dangerous, demanding, difficult, disquieting, harassing, hard, heavy, importunate, inconvenient, infestive, intractable, irksome, irritating, laborious, mean, messy,… …   New thesaurus

  • troublesome — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ causing difficulty or annoyance. DERIVATIVES troublesomeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • troublesome — [trub′əl səm] adj. characterized by or causing trouble, irritation, difficulty, distress, inconvenience, etc. troublesomely adv. troublesomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • troublesome — [[t]trʌ̱b(ə)lsəm[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED You use troublesome to describe something or someone that causes annoying problems or difficulties. He needed surgery to cure a troublesome back injury... Parents may find that a troublesome teenager becomes… …   English dictionary

  • troublesome — adj. troublesome to + inf. (it is troublesome to be without electricity) * * * [ trʌb(ə)ls(ə)m] troublesome to + inf. (it is troublesome to be without electricity) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • troublesome — troublesomely, adv. troublesomeness, n. /trub euhl seuhm/, adj. 1. causing trouble, annoyance, or difficulty; vexatious: a troublesome situation; a troublesome person. 2. laborious; difficult. 3. Archaic. full of distress or affliction. [1540 50; …   Universalium

  • troublesome — troub|le|some [ˈtrʌbəlsəm] adj causing problems, in an annoying way ▪ a troublesome child ▪ troublesome itching …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • troublesome — adjective 1) a troublesome problem Syn: annoying, irritating, exasperating, maddening, infuriating, irksome, pesky, vexatious, vexing, bothersome, nettlesome, tiresome, worrying, worrisome, disturbing, upsetting, niggling …   Thesaurus of popular words

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