Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Complicated and difficult to understand

the devil is in the detail

used for saying that something may seem simple, but in fact the details are complicated and likely to cause problems

complicated

adjective

difficult to do, deal with, or understand, especially because of involving a lot of different processes or aspects

difficult

adjective

not easy to do, deal with, or understand

complex

adjective

something that is complex has a lot of details or small parts that make it difficult to understand or deal with

elaborate

adjective

very detailed and complicated

confused

adjective

complicated and not well organized or explained

confusing

adjective

if something is confusing, it is not easy to understand because it is complicated or not well organized or explained

incomprehensible

adjective

impossible to understand

intricate

adjective

very complicated and difficult to understand or learn

contorted

adjective

very complicated and difficult to understand

Word of the Day

carob

a sweet brown powder that tastes like chocolate and is made from the seeds of a Mediterranean tree

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog