Definition of troublous in US English:



archaic, literary
  • Full of difficulty or agitation.

    ‘those were troublous times’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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