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[truhb-luh s]
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  1. characterized by trouble; unsettled: troublous times.
  2. turbulent; stormy: a troublous sea.
  3. causing annoyance; troublesome.
  4. causing disturbance; restless: a troublous preacher.
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Origin of troublous

1400–50; late Middle English troub(e)lous, equivalent to trouble turbid (< Middle French < Vulgar Latin *turbulus; see trouble) + -ous
Related formstrou·blous·ly, adverbtrou·blous·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Yet this, like all else at Alnwick, bears evidence of the troublous times on the Border.

    England, Picturesque and Descriptive

    Joel Cook

  • Peter passed a troublous evening and night—a night of self-revelations.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • In the midst of this troublous situation, Governor Mathews died.

  • Seventy-five such houses were built during these troublous times.

  • Happy country was ours to have a MacLeod on the spot through these troublous years!

British Dictionary definitions for troublous


  1. archaic, or literary unsettled; agitated
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Derived Formstroublously, adverbtroublousness, noun
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