- causing pain; hurting; distressing
- full of or suffering with pain; aching: a painful finger
- requiring trouble and care; exacting and difficult
- annoying or tedious: a long, painful lecture
- Archaic painstaking
This wrist is painful.
- An example of something painful is a large syringe.
- An example of something painful is an aching wrist.
- An example of something painful is a long, boring movie about real estate.
The definition of painful is something that causes pain, that hurts or that is annoying.
- Full of or giving pain: a painful shoulder; painful walking.
- a. Causing mental anguish or suffering: It was painful for him to admit he was wrong.b. Distressing or embarrassing: A painful silence followed his remark.c. Requiring care and labor; difficult or irksome: a painful way of fixing the problem.
- Marked by or requiring great care and diligence: gave the matter painful consideration.
(comparative painfuller or more painful, superlative painfullest or most painful)
- (causing pain): painless, painfree
From pain +"Ž -ful.
- It'll be a slow, painful death.
- For her, losing them was painful enough, but losing a mate - that would be agonizing.
- Is it painful when you turn into a wolf?
- His lack of response sent a painful flush into her neck.
- Rocking back and forth, head bowed, Edith began to touch herself, her cheek, her arms, her body, again and again, as if indicating where she had been struck but unable to utter the painful words.