Definition of painful in English:


Syllabification: pain·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈpānfəl


  • 1(Of part of the body) affected with pain: her ankle was very painful
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    • Tony explained last week that the shins, the area of his body he is offering to have tattooed are the most painful part of the body to get tattooed.
    • Alternatively, smoke from burning moxa can be wafted over the painful area of the body using a smoke box.
    • In judo this might end up in a throw; in aikido, into a painful arm or body manipulation.
    sore, hurting, tender, aching, throbbing, angry
  • 1.1Causing physical pain: a painful knock
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    • The patches become itchy and painful, causing both physical and psychological discomfort.
    • He endured years of painful physical therapy after being adopted by Mia.
    • While he was doubled over, she reached for anything heavy, turning onto her stomach with painful difficulty.
  • 1.2Causing distress or trouble: a painful experience change is inevitably slow and painful
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    • Make sure the bike fits you and not the other way round otherwise a few days of cycling might be an uncomfortable or painful experience.
    • Often what he expresses is the failure of sight, implying a painful or traumatic experience or image.
    • They felt some of the impact of their painful and distressing symptoms had been eased.
    disagreeable, unpleasant, nasty, bitter, distressing, upsetting, traumatic, miserable, sad, heartbreaking, agonizing, harrowing



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  • Lately I've been thinking - and dreaming - about people I've loved who have died, about the painfulness of losing them and how it never really goes away, just becomes different with the passage of time.
  • Having lived alone for periods at one time, I can vouch for its painfulness; and also the opportunity for self-examination.
  • Having previously described the painfulness of chest tube removal, my colleagues and I decided to intervene.

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