[stres-fuh l]


full of stress or tension: the stressful days before a war.

Origin of stressful

First recorded in 1850–55; stress + -ful
Related formsstress·ful·ly, adverbun·stress·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for stressful

1853, from stress (n.) + -ful. Related: Stressfully; stressfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper