from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Hard to do or accomplish; demanding considerable effort or skill; arduous: "To entertain is far more difficult than to enlighten” ( Anthony Burgess). See Synonyms at hard.
- adj. Hard to endure; trying: fell upon difficult times.
- adj. Hard to comprehend or solve: a difficult puzzle.
- adj. Hard to please, satisfy, or manage: a difficult child.
- adj. Hard to persuade or convince; stubborn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. hard, not easy, requiring much effort
- adj. hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome; eg. said of a person, a horse, etc.
- v. To make difficult; to impede; to perplex.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.
- adj. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn.
- transitive v. To render difficult; to impede; to perplex.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not easy; requiring or dependent on effort; hard; troublesome; arduous.
- Hard to do, perform, or overcome; attended with labor, pains, or opposition; laborious: as, a difficult undertaking.
- Hard to please or satisfy; not compliant; unaccommodating; rigid; austere: as, a person of difficult temper.
- Hard to persuade or induce; stubborn in yielding; obstinate as to opinion: as, he was difficult to convince.
- Hard to understand or solve; perplexing; puzzling: as, a difficult passage in an author; a difficult question or problem.
- Synonyms Difficult, Hard, Arduous (see arduous), laborious, toilsome; obscure, knotty.
- To make difficult; impede.
- To perplex; embarrass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. hard to control
- adj. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
Middle English, back-formation from difficulte, difficulty; see difficulty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From difficulty, from Middle English difficultee, from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis ("hard to do, difficult"), from dis- + facilis ("easy"); see difficile. (Wiktionary)