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From Old French troubleus, corresponding to trouble +‎ -ous.



troublous (comparative more troublous, superlative most troublous)

  1. (obsolete) Of a liquid: thick, muddy, full of sediment.
  2. (now archaic or literary) Troubled, confused.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
      On thother side they saw the warlike Mayd / Al in her snow-white smocke, with locks unbowned, / Threatning the point of her avenging blaed; / That with so troublous terror they were all dismayd.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      The troublous Day has brawled itself to rest: no lives yet lost but that of one warhorse.
  3. (now archaic or literary) Causing trouble; troublesome, vexatious.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 1:
      the mystery, the pervasive melancholy, the vaguely troublous forecast and retrospect which possess the mind in contemplating this sequestered spot, unhallowed save by the sense of a common humanity [...]