painful


pain·ful

adjective \ˈpān-fəl\

: causing pain to your body

: causing emotional pain

pain·ful·ler \-fə-lər\ pain·ful·lest

Full Definition of PAINFUL

1
a :  feeling or giving pain <a painful injury>
b :  irksome, annoying
2
:  requiring effort or exertion <a long painful trip>
3
archaic :  careful, diligent
pain·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
pain·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of PAINFUL

  1. I got a painful sunburn.
  2. We can't ignore our country's painful history of slavery.
  3. His questions brought up a lot of painful memories.
  4. It was painful to watch.

First Known Use of PAINFUL

14th century

Rhymes with PAINFUL

pain·ful

adjective \ˈpān-fəl\   (Medical Dictionary)
pain·ful·ler \-fə-lər\ pain·ful·lest

Medical Definition of PAINFUL

: feeling or giving pain
pain·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

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