Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of trouble.
  • adj. Uneasy; troubled.
  • adj. Causing trouble; troublesome.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a liquid: thick, muddy, full of sediment.
  • adj. Troubled, confused.
  • adj. Causing trouble; troublesome, vexatious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of trouble; causing trouble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Agitated; disturbed.
  • Restless; unsettled.
  • Disturbing; disquieting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of trouble

Etymologies

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

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  • Not this troublous
    Wringing of hands, this dark
    Ceiling without a star.

    from "Child," Sylvia Plath

    March 26, 2008

  • "Mrs Yule gave a troublous sigh, and for a few minutes pondered anxiously."

    George Gissing, New Grub Street.

    January 29, 2008