Synonyms of difficult in English:

difficult


See definition of difficult

adjective

1‘digging through the snow was becoming increasingly difficult’

SYNONYMS

hard, strenuous, arduous, laborious, heavy, tough, onerous, burdensome, demanding, punishing, gruelling, grinding, back-breaking, painful

exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, wearing, wearying, wearisome

informal hellish, killing

British informal knackering

archaic toilsome

rare exigent

ANTONYMS

easy

2‘she found maths very difficult’

SYNONYMS

problematic, hard, puzzling, baffling, perplexing, confusing, mystifying, mysterious

complicated, complex, involved, intricate, knotty, thorny, ticklish

obscure, abstract, abstruse, recondite, enigmatic, impenetrable, unfathomable, over one's head, above one's head, beyond one

informal fiddly, sticky, no picnic

North American informal gnarly

archaic wildering

rare involute, involuted

ANTONYMS

straightforward, simple

3‘the office manager was a difficult man’

SYNONYMS

troublesome, tiresome, trying, exasperating, demanding, unmanageable, intractable, perverse, contrary, recalcitrant, obstreperous, refractory, fractious

unaccommodating, unhelpful, uncooperative, unamenable, unreasonable, disobliging, stubborn, obstinate, bull-headed, pig-headed

hard to please, hard to satisfy, fussy, particular, over-particular, fastidious, perfectionist, critical, hypercritical, finicky

British awkward

Scottish thrawn

informal cussed

choosy, picky

British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy

North American informal balky

archaic contumacious, froward

rare contrarious, finical

ANTONYMS

accommodating

4‘you've come at a difficult time’

SYNONYMS

inconvenient, awkward, unfavourable, unfortunate, inappropriate, unsuitable, untimely, ill-timed, inopportune, inexpedient, disadvantageous

archaic unseasonable

ANTONYMS

convenient

5‘the family have been through very difficult times’

SYNONYMS

bad, tough, grim, terrible, awful, dreadful, nightmarish, dark, black, hard, adverse, unpleasant, unwelcome, disagreeable, distressing, harrowing

straitened, hard-pressed

literary direful

archaic, humorous parlous

ANTONYMS

happy