stress·​ful | \ ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio) \

Definition of stressful

: full of or tending to induce stress

Other Words from stressful

stressfully \ ˈstres-​fə-​lē How to pronounce stressful (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stressful in a Sentence

I had a stressful day at work today.
Recent Examples on the Web For parents of mentally ill or intellectually disabled children, the shift from being caretaker to being in need of care can result in dangerous, deplorable and stressful living conditions. WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 With an Olympic berth finally in hand, and after a stressful and chaotic week, Bell savored her victory and exhaled long and hard. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 This process and the anxiety surrounding affording school has made the idea of student loans really stressful. Paco De Leon,, 4 Jan. 2022 Any gamer knows that while video games offer endless entertainment, some games can be stressful and quite frustrating to play. Sarah Toscano,, 4 Jan. 2022 At all levels, education remains far from the familiar — and stressful. Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 As this volume increases past a certain threshold, the weight of these efforts can become unbearably stressful. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2022 But instead of going through the stressful and expensive process of cleaning out all your cupboards and stocking up with certified vegan foods, try shifting your focus. Robin Goist, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2022 This may, at times, feel even more stressful than being told what to do -- by the government, health experts or anyone else -- especially when there's no real answer as to when this crisis will end. Peggy Drexler, CNN, 31 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of stressful

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Stressful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stressful

: full of or causing stress : making you feel worried or anxious


stress·​ful | \ ˈstres-fəl How to pronounce stressful (audio) \

Medical Definition of stressful

: full of or subject to stress stressful situations

Other Words from stressful

stressfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce stressful (audio) \ adverb


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