- Pain is any sort of mental or physical suffering or distress.
An example of pain is the feeling immediately after breaking a bone.
- Pain is defined as to hurt or cause suffering.
An example of pain is for intense running to give a person cramps.
This woman's fracture causes her pain.
- penalty or punishment: obs. except in , at the risk of bringing upon oneself (punishment, death, etc.)
- a sensation of hurting, or strong discomfort, in some part of the body, caused by an injury, disease, or functional disorder, and transmitted through the nervous system
- the distress or suffering, mental or physical, caused by great anxiety, anguish, grief, disappointment, etc.
- the labor of childbirth
- great care or effort: to take pains with one's work
- Slang an annoyance: often used in phrases specifying a part of the body (e.g., )
Origin of painMiddle English peine ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin poena, penalty, punishment: see penal
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- a. An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body: felt pains in his chest.b. Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings: drugs to treat pain.
- a. Mental or emotional suffering; distress.b. An instance of this: the pains of humiliation.
- pains The pangs of childbirth.
- pains Great care or effort: taking pains with one's work.
- Informal A source of annoyance; a nuisance: Stuffing all these envelopes is a real pain.
transitive verbpained, pain·ing, pains
- To cause physical pain to; hurt: My feet really pained me after the hike.
- To cause mental or emotional distress to: “It pained him to remember every little thing about her” (John Irving).
Origin of painMiddle English, from Old French peine, from Latin poena, penalty, pain, from Greek poinē, penalty; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural pains)
- (countable and uncountable) An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.
- The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.
- I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.
- (uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
- In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
- The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
- (countable) An annoying person or thing.
- Your mother is a right pain.
- Labour; effort; pains.
- Adjectives often used with "pain": mild, moderate, severe, intense, excruciating, debilitating, acute, chronic, sharp, dull, burning, steady, throbbing, stabbing, spasmodic, etc.
(third-person singular simple present pains, present participle paining, simple past and past participle pained)
From Old French and Anglo-Norman peine, paine, from Latin poena (“punishment, pain”), from Ancient Greek ποινή (poinê, “bloodmoney, were-gild, fine, price paid, penalty”). Compare German Pein, Dutch pijn, Afrikaans pyn.