Definitions

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

  • n. One that stirs up trouble or strife.

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  • n. One who causes trouble, especially one who does so deliberately.
  • n. A complainer.

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

  • n. someone who deliberately stirs up trouble

Etymologies

From trouble + make + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The conductor/pianist/Olympic-class troublemaker is also promoting his new memoir, Music Quickens Time (at least that's the American title, anyway).

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  • He brought an impish energy to his role as harbor patrolman and became known as a troublemaker when he first came to the harbor in 1985.

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  • First Impression: Thanos is described as a troublemaker who’s quick to anger.

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  • Other mayors pressed him to raise complaints because he was already known as a troublemaker, they said.

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  • Even though not all of those membersof the group have done anything wrong, everyone of classified as a troublemaker, criminal or the group as a whole gets a bad reputation (i.e., all of those NFL players are involved in some kind of bad activities and they have no respect for the law).

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  • Not to be irreverent, but was that really the first time you'd been called a troublemaker?

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  • McInnis, known as a troublemaker throughout his career, took on a leadership role following his arrival from Portland.

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  • He was very independent, so he was a combination of a leader and a troublemaker, which is very interesting, and I think his presidency reflected both of those.

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  • Carroll had also occasionally been characterized as a troublemaker; too much of a perfectionist for the Washington politicians to handle, too Off-Broadway theatrical at times.

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  • Well, I can hardly be called a troublemaker, and you had a pretty peaceful time with me.

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