What does painful mean?

Definitions for painful
ˈpeɪn fəlpainful

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word painful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. painful(adj)

    causing physical or psychological pain

    "worked with painful slowness"

  2. afflictive, painful, sore(adj)

    causing misery or pain or distress

    "it was a sore trial to him"; "the painful process of growing up"

  3. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable(adj)

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

  4. irritating, painful(adj)

    causing physical discomfort

    "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"

Wiktionary

  1. painful(Adjective)

    Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental.

  2. painful(Adjective)

    Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person).

  3. painful(Adjective)

    Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious.

  4. painful(Adjective)

    Painstaking; careful; industrious.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Painful(adj)

    full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing

  2. Painful(adj)

    requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march

  3. Painful(adj)

    painstaking; careful; industrious

Freebase

  1. Painful

    Painful is the sixth studio album released in 1993 by alternative rock band Yo La Tengo. The album marked a creative shift from Yo La Tengo's previous work, blending atmospheric and ambient sounds with their famous noise jams. Painful features a much more melodic-driven Yo La Tengo in its hazy, dream-like songwriting. Two versions of the track "Big Day Coming" are present on the album and display the range of musical stylings Yo La Tengo works with; the first version features a simple organ melody accompanied by a soft bass counterpoint and Kaplan's guitar feedback echoing in the background, while the second version is a much more straightforward, shoegaze style with an accompanying organ solo towards the latter part of the song.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'painful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4692

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'painful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4722

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'painful' in Adjectives Frequency: #623

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How to say painful in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of painful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of painful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of painful in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Udoh:

    We've slept here in the queue since yesterday night but there is no fuel, i voted for APC for change, but ... is this the change? This is very painful.

  2. Tom Kloza:

    It will be more painful for motorists than the past two years — but nothing close to 2011 to 2014 when it was $ 3.40 to $ 3.60 a gallon.

  3. Aimee Wriglesworth:

    It was long and painful and awful.

  4. Chang Lee:

    What I'm hearing from Trump and the rise in hate crimes in this country is scaring me, los Angeles had this painful past. Now it's time for minority ethnic groups to talk to each other, stay bound together, understand and support each other.

  5. Dzsenifer Marozsan:

    Now I might even be able to come back. It will remain painful for weeks, but I am not scared, i probably cannot play an entire match but I was happy I was not needed today.

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