Definition of troublous in US English:



archaic, literary
  • Full of difficulty or agitation.

    ‘those were troublous times’
    • ‘So why then is a government supposedly devoted to fostering British science still insisting on forcing some of its leading researchers into Dickens's ‘perplexed and troublous valley of the shadow of the law’?’
    • ‘Once past social amenities, Sula's reunion with Eva resonates with the troublous timbre between an ogbanje and parent.’
    • ‘Yet James makes no complaint for what must have often been a troublous life.’
    • ‘These later stories find Parker's trouble with girls becoming truly troublous, and it is to Boswell's credit that the girls in question are always sharply if not always fairly drawn.’


Late Middle English: from Old French troubleus, from truble (see trouble).