[ dih-stres-fuh l ]
/ dɪˈstrɛs fəl /


causing or involving distress: the distressful circumstances of poverty and sickness.
full of, feeling, or indicating distress: a distressful cry.

Origin of distressful

First recorded in 1585–95; distress + -ful

Related forms

dis·tress·ful·ly, adverbdis·tress·ful·ness, noun
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