What does difficult mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hard(adj)

    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, difficult(adj)

    hard to control

    "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"


  1. difficult(Adjective)

    hard, not easy, requiring much effort

  2. difficult(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Difficult(adj)

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

  2. Difficult(adj)

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

  3. Difficult(verb)

    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

How to pronounce difficult?

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How to say difficult in sign language?

  1. difficult


  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. Michalis Karagiannis:

    The situation is difficult.

  2. Zhu Zhenyu:

    My life has been difficult.

  3. mark edge:

    Timing in life is difficult

  4. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos:

    That was a difficult moment.

  5. St Just:

    It's been a difficult period.

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