[ truhb-luhs ]
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  1. characterized by trouble; unsettled: troublous times.

  2. turbulent; stormy: a troublous sea.

  1. causing annoyance; troublesome.

  2. causing disturbance; restless: a troublous preacher.

Origin of troublous

1400–50; late Middle English troub(e)lous, equivalent to trouble turbid (<Middle French <Vulgar Latin *turbulus;see trouble) + -ous

Other words from troublous

  • trou·blous·ly, adverb
  • trou·blous·ness, noun

Words Nearby troublous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use troublous in a sentence

  • A grim memorial of those troublous times is still preserved at Ypres.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • The hero of this story was the son of a nobleman who had lost his estates during the troublous times of the Commonwealth.

    A Roving Commission | G. A. Henty
  • The face, often so weary with pain, so restless with troublous thoughts, had now the faint soft smile of eternal rest upon it.

    North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Unfortunately, however, the minister whom the reformed had obtained was ill-suited to these troublous times.

  • But surely the boys in camp and field were doing all they could, under orders, to hasten the end of these troublous times.

    The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White

British Dictionary definitions for troublous


/ (ˈtrʌbləs) /

  1. archaic, or literary unsettled; agitated

Derived forms of troublous

  • troublously, adverb
  • troublousness, noun

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