1. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
- a difficult task
- nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access
- difficult times
Similar word(s): demanding, ambitious, challenging, arduous, awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable, baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough, catchy, tricky, delicate, ticklish, touchy, fractious, herculean, nasty, tight, rocky, rough, rugged, serious, tall, thorny, troublesome, trying, vexed, effortful, hard, hard
2. hard to control
- a difficult child
Sentences with difficult as an adjective:
- Stop being difficult and eat your broccoli—you know it's good for you.
1. (obsolete, transitive) To make difficult; to impede; to perplex.