painful

[ peyn-fuhl ]
/ ˈpeɪn fəl /

adjective

affected with, causing, or characterized by pain: a painful wound; a painful night; a painful memory.
laborious; exacting; difficult: a painful life.
Archaic. painstaking; careful.

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Origin of painful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at pain, -ful

SYNONYMS FOR painful

1 distressing, torturing, agonizing, tormenting, excruciating.

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British Dictionary definitions for painful

painful
/ (ˈpeɪnfʊl) /

adjective

causing pain; distressinga painful duty
affected with paina painful leg
tedious or difficult
informal extremely bada painful performance

Derived forms of painful

painfully, adverbpainfulness, noun
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