Alternative forms Edit
- painfull (archaic)
- Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental. [from 14th c.]
- Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person). [from 15th c.]
- Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) Painstaking; careful; industrious. [from 16th c.]
- 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, Kupperman, published 1988, page 142:
- The men bestow their times in fishing, hunting, warres, and such manlike exercises, scorning to be seene in any woman-like exercise, which is the cause that the women be very painefull, and the men often idle.
- (informal) Very bad, poor.
- His violin playing is painful.
- (full of pain): doleful, sorrowful, smartful, irksome, annoying
- (requiring labor or toil): laborious, exerting
Derived terms Edit
suffering with pain
requiring labor or toil
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