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[uhm-brey-juh s] /ʌmˈbreɪ dʒəs/
creating or providing shade; shady:
an umbrageous tree.
apt to take offense.
Origin of umbrageous
First recorded in 1580-90; umbrage + -ous
Related forms
umbrageously, adverb
umbrageousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for umbrageous
Historical Examples
  • A garden with umbrageous trees Is here for you to take your ease.

  • The search was most thorough; but, fortunately, his umbrageous shelter was secure.

    Daring and Suffering: William Pittenger
  • He loves the image of the umbrageous Igdrasil better than that of the Strasburg clock.

  • In this burn, screened from observation by an umbrageous coppice, was the bathing-pool.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • Those that I photographed the next morning are umbrageous compared with some.

    A Spring Walk in Provence Archibald Marshall
  • I do not smile pityingly on these days of umbrageous follies.

    Very Woman

    Remy de Gourmont
  • She shows us umbrageous woods, but nobody hastens to refresh himself there.

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
  • On the West were undulating hills covered with umbrageous forests.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • From many points along his course he could see, through the umbrageous glades, the house of Frank Goodwin on its wooded hill.

  • In short, they were just natural buttresses, without which the stem could not have supported its heavy and umbrageous top.

    The Coral Island R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for umbrageous


shady or shading
Derived Forms
umbrageously, adverb
umbrageousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for umbrageous

"shady," 1580s, from French ombrageux, from Old French umbrageus, from umbre "shade," from Latin umbra (see umbrage).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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