Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “difficult”

See all translations

difficult

adjective uk   /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəlt/ us  
A1 needing skill or effort: a difficult problem/choice/task/language [+ to infinitive] It will be very difficult to prove that they are guilty. Many things make it difficult for women to reach the top in US business. [+ -ing verb] It is extremely difficult being a single parent.
Opposite
B1 not friendly, easy to deal with, or behaving well: [+ to infinitive] The manager is difficult to deal with/a difficult person to deal with. His wife is a very difficult woman. mainly UK Please children, don't be so difficult!
More examples
Translations of “difficult”
in Korean 어려운, 골치아픈…
in Arabic صَعْب…
in French difficile…
in Turkish zor, güç, çetin…
in Italian difficile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 困難的,費力的,艱難的, 不友好的, 難以接近的…
in Russian трудный…
in Polish trudny…
in Spanish difícil, problemático…
in Portuguese difícil…
in German schwierig…
in Catalan difícil…
in Japanese 難しい, 扱いにくい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 困难的,费力的,艰难的, 不友好的, 难以接近的…
(Definition of difficult from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of difficult?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “difficult” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More