Jisho

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I-adjective
1. painful; difficult; tough; hard
  • くる苦しい
  • やめろ
  • It's so painful. Stop it!
2. distressing; (psychologically) difficult; stressful; awkward (e.g. position)
  • かれ
  • かこ過去
  • くる苦しい
  • せいかつ生活
  • もくそう黙想
  • した
  • He meditated on his past life of suffering.
3. straitened (circumstances); tight (financial situation); needy; struggling
  • かれ彼の
  • かぞく家族
  • かなり
  • せいかつ生活
  • くる苦しい
  • His family is rather badly off.
4. strained (interpretation, explanation, etc.); lame (e.g. excuse); forced (e.g. smile); far-fetched
Auxiliary adjective, I-adjective
5. hard to do; unpleasantSee also 寝苦しい ねぐるしい, See also 見苦しい みぐるしい, after -masu stem of verb; often ぐるしい

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