- laborious or careful efforts; assiduous care: Great pains have been taken to repair the engine perfectly.
- the suffering of childbirth.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- paimio chair,
- pain in the neck,
- pain-pleasure principle,
- paine, albert bigelow,
- paine, robert treat
Origin of pain
Examples from the Web for pain
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Just two young kids experiencing the panic, pain, and then the miracle, of new birth.
Nowhere to be found is the anguish, the drama, the pain of an athlete on that level who considering walking away.
The holidays are upon us, time for family, for love and pain, togetherness and loss.
I had scarcely reached the summit of the headland when I heard a cry of pain.The Passion for Life|Joseph Hocking
He put his hand on her shoulder and asked her if she was in any pain.Peck's Compendium of Fun|George W. Peck
Prior to the development of a quittor there is always swelling at the coronet, accompanied with heat and pain.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
I do not remember much else about it; indeed, the pain in my arm was so sharp that I had no eyes for physical features.Ayesha|H. Rider Haggard
That we shall some day smile at a fancy makes the present pain none the less poignant.Patty's Perversities|Arlo Bates
Word Origin for pain
late 13c., "punishment," especially for a crime; also "condition one feels when hurt, opposite of pleasure," from Old French peine "difficulty, woe, suffering, punishment, Hell's torments" (11c.), from Latin poena "punishment, penalty, retribution, indemnification" (in Late Latin also "torment, hardship, suffering"), from Greek poine "retribution, penalty, quit-money for spilled blood," from PIE *kwei- "to pay, atone, compensate" (see penal). The earliest sense in English survives in phrase on pain of death.
Phrase to give (someone) a pain "be annoying and irritating" is from 1908; localized as pain in the neck (1924) and pain in the ass (1934), though this last might have gone long unrecorded and be the original sense and the others euphemisms. Pains "great care taken (for some purpose)" is first recorded 1520s (in the singular in this sense, it is attested from c.1300). First record of pain-killer is from 1853.
c.1300, "to exert or strain oneself, strive; endeavor," from Old French pener (v.) "to hurt, cause pain," from peine, and from Middle English peine (n.); see pain (n.). Transitive meaning "cause pain; inflict pain" is from late 14c. That of "to cause sorrow, grief, or unhappiness" also is from late 14c. Related: Pained; paining.
In addition to the idioms beginning with pain
- pain in the neck
- at pains
- feel no pain
- for one's pains
- growing pains
- no pain, no gain
- on pain of