stressful

adjective

stress·​ful ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio)
: full of or tending to induce stress
stressfully adverb

Examples of stressful in a Sentence

I had a stressful day at work today.
Recent Examples on the Web In a survey of 800 U.S. adults conducted by Care.com, more than half of the parents polled as part of the research ranked the ages of 0 to four as the most stressful, with 29 percent viewing the age of 3 as a particularly tricky period. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 Other times, my jobs felt tedious, demeaning, and stressful. Jenny Albertini, Contributor, CNBC, 10 July 2024 That scramble to confirm the unconfirmed and get final numbers to caterers can be the most stressful part of wedding planning. R. Eric Thomas, The Denver Post, 8 July 2024 These can include soothing objects or scents, such as a blanket, photos, essential oils, etc. Use distractions to cope with stressful experiences that are not within your control, such as flight changes and loud noises. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 4 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for stressful 

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stressful was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Stressful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stressful. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

stressful

adjective
stress·​ful ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio)
: full of or tending to cause stress
stressfully adverb

Medical Definition

stressful

adjective
stress·​ful ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio)
: full of or subject to stress
stressful situations
stressfully adverb
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