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, murder, oppressive, painful, pesky, pestiferous, pestilential, problematic, refractory, repressive, rough, taxing, tiresome, tough, tricky, troublous, trying, ugly, ungovernable, unruly, uphill, upsetting, vexatious, vexing, wearisome, wicked, worrying; concepts 529,565 —Ant. easy, helpful, nice, useful

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  • troublesome — index difficult, froward, invidious, irksome, operose, oppressive, painful, perverse, problematic …   Law dictionary

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

  • 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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