from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing trouble or anxiety; worrisome.
  • adj. Difficult; trying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Giving trouble or anxiety; vexatious; burdensome; wearisome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving trouble or anxiety; vexatious; burdensome; wearisome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Annoying; vexatious: as, a troublesome cough; a troublesome neighbor.
  • Difficult; trying: as, a troublesome shoal or reef; a troublesome fellow to deal with.
  • Tumultuous; turbulent; boisterous.
  • Troublous; disturbed.
  • Synonyms and Harassing, wearisome, perplexing, galling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. difficult to deal with


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  • What actually troublesome is Lieberman's continues appearance with McCain.

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  • More troublesome is the administration's tactic to pull out just before a judge decides an issue thus rendering the case moot.


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