Use the adjective trying to describe an experience that is exasperating or difficult. Babysitting rascally kids for hours can be a trying ordeal.

If you've had a trying week, you'll be relieved and happy when Friday night finally arrives. Trying things can be upsetting, tricky, or strenuous. This word comes from a sense of the verb try that means "to make severe demands on a person, or on a person's patience." The first recorded use of trying was in the early 18th century.

Definitions of trying
  1. adjective
    hard to endure
    “fell upon trying times”
    difficult, hard
    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
  2. adjective
    extremely irritating to the nerves
    “a trying day at the office”
    synonyms: nerve-racking, nerve-wracking, stressful
    not to your liking
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