|1.||[ adjective ] not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure|
"a difficult task" "difficult times" "a difficult child" "found himself in a difficult situation" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
|Related terms:||easy rugged ambitious troublesome awkward trying hard-fought rocky baffling hard-fought delicate herculean thorny tall vexed nasty fractious catchy arduous stubborn serious hard demanding effortful difficulty|
|2.||[ adjective ] requiring much effort and trouble|
"the mountain climb was long, steep, and difficult"