painful

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adjective pain·ful \ˈpān-fəl\

Definition of painful

painfuller

play \-fə-lər\

painfullest

  1. 1 a :  feeling or giving pain <a painful injury> b :  irksome, annoying

  2. 2 :  requiring effort or exertion <a long painful trip>

  3. 3 archaic :  careful, diligent

painfully

play \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

painfulness

play \-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.

14th Century

First Known Use of painful

14th century


PAINFUL Defined for English Language Learners

painful

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adjective pain·ful \ˈpān-fəl\

Definition of painful for English Language Learners

  • : causing pain to your body

  • : causing emotional pain


Medical Dictionary

painful

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adjective pain·ful \ˈpān-fəl\

Medical Definition of painful

painfuller

\-fə-lər\play ;

painfullest

  1. :  feeling or giving pain

painfully

\-f(ə-)lē\play adverb



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