Meaning of DIFFICULT in English

DIFFICULT

adj.

Pronunciation: ' di-fi-( ˌ )k ə lt

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, back-formation from difficulty

Date: 14th century

1 : hard to do, make, or carry out : ARDUOUS <a difficult climb>

2 a : hard to deal with, manage, or overcome <a difficult child> b : hard to understand : PUZZLING < difficult reading>

synonyms see HARD

– dif · fi · cult · ly adverb

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