Pronunciation: (dif'i-kult", -kult),[key] —adj. 1. not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully; hard: a difficult job. 2. hard to understand or solve: a difficult problem. 3. hard to deal with or get on with: a difficult pupil. 4. hard to please or satisfy: a difficult employer. 5. hard to persuade or induce; stubborn: a difficult old man. 6. disadvantageous; trying; hampering: The operation was performed under the most difficult conditions. 7. fraught with hardship, esp. financial hardship: We saw some difficult times during the depression years.