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noun \ˈpān\

Simple Definition of pain

  • : the physical feeling caused by disease, injury, or something that hurts the body

  • : mental or emotional suffering : sadness caused by some emotional or mental problem

  • : someone or something that causes trouble or makes you feel annoyed or angry

Full Definition of pain

  1. 1 :  punishment

  2. 2 a :  usu. localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury); also :  a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort (as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leading to evasive action b :  acute mental or emotional distress or suffering :  grief

  3. 3 plural :  the throes of childbirth

  4. 4 plural :  trouble, care, or effort taken to accomplish something <was at pains to reassure us>

  5. 5 :  one that irks or annoys or is otherwise troublesome —often used in such phrases as pain in the neck

pain·less play \-ləs\ adjective
pain·less·ly adverb
pain·less·ness noun
on pain of or under pain of
  1. :  subject to penalty or punishment of <made to leave the country on pain of death>

Examples of pain

  1. The medication may upset your stomach but if you experience acute abdominal pain call your doctor.

  2. I've had chronic back pain since the accident.

  3. The medicine provides 12 hours of pain relief.

  4. I feel a dull pain if I touch the bruise.

  5. the pain of a difficult childhood

  6. It is a story about the joys and pains of life.

  7. Rush hour traffic is such a pain.

  8. This orange is a pain to peel.

Origin of pain

Middle English, from Anglo-French peine, from Latin poena, from Greek poinē payment, penalty; akin to Greek tinein to pay, tinesthai to punish, Avestan kaēnā revenge, Sanskrit cayate he revenges

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of pain

  • : to cause (someone) to feel emotional pain : to make (someone) upset, sad, worried, etc.

Full Definition of pain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make suffer or cause distress to :  hurt

  3. 2 archaic :  to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  suffer

  6. 2 :  to give or have a sensation of pain

Examples of pain

  1. As much as it pains me to admit it, she was right.

  2. <my poor head was paining so from all that racket>

14th Century

First Known Use of pain

14th century

PAIN Defined for Kids



noun \ˈpān\

Definition of pain

  1. 1 :  physical suffering that accompanies a bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury) <The medicine relieves pain.>

  2. 2 :  a very unpleasant feeling (as a prick or an ache) that is caused especially by something harmful <I have a pain in my side.>

  3. 3 :  suffering of the mind or emotions :  grief <The humiliation brought her great pain.>

  4. 4 pains plural :  great care or effort <My sister took pains with the garden.>

  5. 5 :  someone or something annoying

pain·ful \ˈpān-fəl\ adjective
pain·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
pain·less \-ləs\ adjective




Definition of pain


  1. 1 :  to cause physical or mental suffering in or to <It pains me to think of it.>

  2. 2 :  to give or feel physical or mental suffering <The suckers, which were fastened to me and pained greatly, lessened their hold. — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins>

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