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  1. a drug, treatment, or anything else that relieves pain, especially an analgesic.
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Origin of painkiller

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; pain + killer
Related formspain·kill·ing, adjective
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Related Words for painkiller

ointment, sedative, opiate, drug, tranquilizer, medicine, morphine, aspirin, analgesic, anodyne, dope, alleviative

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Contemporary Examples of painkiller

Historical Examples of painkiller

  • 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


  1. an analgesic drug or agent
  2. anything that relieves pain
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