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"

Wiktionary

  1. difficultadjective

    hard, not easy, requiring much effort

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

  2. difficultadjective

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

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

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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Numerology

  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. Carlos Sainz:

    I feel very comfortable in the car, I'm really enjoying myself a lot. It's difficult to know what to expect tomorrow, as it will be my first race, but I'm looking forward to it, it will surely be a bit of an adventure but this is what I've been preparing myself for the whole winter and I feel ready.

  2. Anne Tyler:

    It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.

  3. International Monetary Fund:

    Clearly it's a difficult path ahead, we're just at the beginning of the process.

  4. Brad Pitt:

    Those kinds of em... those kinds of difficult feelings, I don't know how better to describe it. It can be anything, drugs, booze, Netflix, snacks. Anything. I don't want at this point to be running from anything.

  5. Carroll Shelby:

    Larry Caplin pulled off a run that was far more difficult, at least by a factor of four, than what we attempted in Nevada.

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