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[peyn-kil-er] /ˈpeɪnˌkɪl ər/
a drug, treatment, or anything else that relieves pain, especially an analgesic.
Origin of painkiller
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; pain + killer
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painkilling, adjective Unabridged
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  • He once had some painkiller administered to him by Tom Sawyer.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • "I guess you'll do well enough without any painkiller," he said to himself.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives
  • His days of “painkiller,” which he stocked for trade, had not yet come round.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • Gordon found one tablet of painkiller left in the bottle and swallowed it with the dregs of the coffee.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • Stuffed himself till his hide was stretched as tight as a sausage skin, and then howled for painkiller.

British Dictionary definitions for painkiller


an analgesic drug or agent
anything that relieves pain
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