Definition of painful in English:

painful

Syllabification: pain·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈpānfəl
 
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adjective

1(Of part of the body) affected with pain: her ankle was very painful
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
sore, hurting, tender, aching, throbbing, angry
1.1Causing physical pain: a painful knock
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
disagreeable, unpleasant, nasty, bitter, distressing, upsetting, traumatic, miserable, sad, heartbreaking, agonizing, harrowing

Derivatives

painfulness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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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