painful

adjective pain·ful \ ˈpān-fəl \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of painful

painfuller play \ˈpān-fə-lər\; painfullest
1 a : feeling or giving pain
  • a painful injury
2 : requiring effort or exertion
  • a long painful trip
3 archaic : careful, diligent

painfully

play \ˈpān-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

painfulness

play \ˈpān-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of painful in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of painful

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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PAINFUL Defined for English Language Learners

painful

Definition of painful for English Language Learners

  • : causing pain to your body

  • : causing emotional pain


Medical Dictionary

painful

adjective pain·ful \ ˈpān-fəl \

medical Definition of painful

painfuller play \-fə-lər\; painfullest
: feeling or giving pain

painfully

play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb


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