What does difficult mean?

Definitions for difficult
ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, -kəltdif·fi·cult

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hardadjective

    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"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

  2. unmanageable, difficultadjective

    hard to control

    "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"


  1. difficultadjective

    hard, not easy, requiring much effort

  2. difficultadjective

    hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome; eg. said of a person, a horse, etc.

  3. Etymology: From difficulty, from difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIFFICULTadjective

    Etymology: difficilis, Latin.

    It is difficult in the eyes of this people. Zachar.


  1. Difficult

    Difficult is the fourth single from French-American recording artist Uffies debut album, Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans. The single was produced by Uffie's label-mate and friend SebastiAn and was released by Ed Banger Records, Because Music and Elektra Records on October 18, 2010. Remixes by SebastiAn and Azari & III were included in the release.


  1. difficult

    Difficult refers to something that requires much effort or skill to accomplish, understand, or deal with. It can also describe a situation or task that presents challenges or complications. Additionally, it may denote someone or something that is hard to please, handle, or manage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Difficultadjective

    hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous

  2. Difficultadjective

    hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person

  3. Difficultverb

    to render difficult; to impede; to perplex

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Difficult

    dif′i-kult, adj. not easy: hard to be done: requiring labour and pains: hard to please: not easily persuaded.—adv. Diff′icultly.—n. Diff′iculty, laboriousness: obstacle: objection: that which cannot be easily understood or believed: embarrassment of affairs: a quarrel. [The adj. was formed from difficulty, in place of the old form difficile. Fr. difficulté—L. difficultas = difficilitasdifficilisdif (= dis), neg., and facilis, easy.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficult' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficult' in Written Corpus Frequency: #457

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difficult' in Adjectives Frequency: #44

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficult in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of difficult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of difficult in a Sentence

  1. Abdul Baseer Nomand:

    Today is the first day. Let's see what they have for us, if the weather is hot, it's very difficult for everyone because they will be thirsty. The problem is that here the environment is not suitable for proper living.

  2. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:

    This budget is a difficult task for a government that wants to leave its mark with social justice.

  3. Coast Guard Lt. Scott Carr:

    It's very difficult to find things right now.

  4. Samuel Walker:

    It'll be a long haul. It'll be difficult, unions will fight and scream. But I think there's enough momentum to change the tide.

  5. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    The time for squeezing, squeezing, squeezing is over, we're going to need to look at our fundamental defense strategy and our national security strategy and ask ourselves difficult questions about what we can't do or can't do to the extent this country has become accustomed.

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