(adjective, verb)


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

Similar word(s): defiant, noncompliant, indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly, incorrigible, uncheckable, disobedient, intractable, unmanageable

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.