[peyn-fuh l] /ˈpeɪn fəl/

affected with, causing, or characterized by :
a painful wound; a painful night; a painful memory.
laborious; exacting; difficult:
a painful life.
Archaic. painstaking; careful.
causing pain; distressing: a painful duty
affected with pain: a painful leg
tedious or difficult
(informal) extremely bad: a painful performance

mid-14c., from pain (n.) + -ful. Related: Painfully; painfulness.


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