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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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. Tracy Heu:

    He seemed like he was excited about everything. He was happy, he was saying that he was going to join us -- and he specified one or two minutes, and that he'll make it not painful at all. He'll make it quick and easy.

  2. Gandolfo - (RJ Intindola):

    We all acquire two types of scars; one is visible for all to see and the other resides deep within us. Both possess pain but others can only determine if the external scars have healed. The emotional scars within are usually more painful and can linger for years.

  3. Manoj Shanker:

    Africa has been consistently exploited, no one has been investing in people because it is slow and painful but at TechnoBrain we share profit and want to share ownership.

  4. The Democrat:

    It’s incredibly painful, now I can’t see anything, wow, that’s intense.

  5. Cometan:

    No matter how horrible, painful and terrifying past events may be, they were meant to happen for a reason and from an origin beyond our comprehension.

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