Painful meaning

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Causing pain; hurting; distressing.
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Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental. [from 14th c.]
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The definition of painful is something that causes pain, that hurts or that is annoying.

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.

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Full of or giving pain.

A painful shoulder; painful walking.

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Marked by or requiring great care and diligence.

Gave the matter painful consideration.

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Full of or suffering with pain; aching.

A painful finger.

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Requiring trouble and care; exacting and difficult.
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Painstaking.
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Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person). [from 15th c.]
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Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious. [from 15th c.]
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(now rare) Painstaking; careful; industrious. [from 16th c.]
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Annoying or tedious.

A long, painful lecture.

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Origin of painful

  • From pain +"Ž -ful.

    From Wiktionary