Definition of painkiller in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpānˌkilər/


A drug or medicine for relieving pain.
Example sentences
  • Over-the-counter painkiller or anti-inflammatory medicine such as Ibuprofen should reduce pain and swelling.
  • The pain of shingles may be relieved by painkillers such as paracetamol.
  • For moderate pain, painkillers such as paracetamol may help to provide relief.
analgesic, pain reliever, anodyne, anesthetic, narcotic;



Pronunciation: /ˈpānˌkiliNG/
Example sentences
  • An infusion of painkilling medicine may be given into a vein (via a ‘drip’).
  • There are many other alternative painkilling and anti-inflammatory medicines available.
  • The anaesthetist will also use strong painkilling drugs to control pain during and after surgery.

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Syllabification: pain·kil·ler

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