physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.
a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body:
a back pain.
mental or emotional suffering or torment:
I am sorry my news causes you such pain.
Informal. an annoying or troublesome person or thing.
verb (used with object)
to cause physical pain to; hurt.
to cause (someone) mental or emotional pain; distress:
Your sarcasm pained me.
verb (used without object)
to have or give pain.
feel no pain, Informal. to be intoxicated:
After all that free beer, we were feeling no pain.
on / upon / under pain of, liable to the penalty of:
on pain of death.
pain in the ass, Slang: Vulgar. (def 5).
pain in the neck, Informal. (def 5).
the sensation of acute physical hurt or discomfort caused by injury, illness, etc
emotional suffering or mental distress
on pain of, subject to the penalty of
(informal) Also called pain in the neck, (taboo) pain in the arse. a person or thing that is a nuisance
to cause (a person) distress, hurt, grief, anxiety, etc
(informal) to annoy; irritate
late 13c., “punishment,” especially for a crime; also “condition one feels when hurt, opposite of pleasure,” from Old French peine “difficulty, woe, suffering, punishment, Hell’s torments” (11c.), from Latin poena “punishment, penalty, retribution, indemnification” (in Late Latin also “torment, hardship, suffering”), from Greek poine “retribution, penalty, quit-money for spilled blood,” from PIE *kwei- “to pay, atone, compensate” (see penal). The earliest sense in English survives in phrase on pain of death.
Phrase to give (someone) a pain “be annoying and irritating” is from 1908; localized as pain in the neck (1924) and pain in the ass (1934), though this last might have gone long unrecorded and be the original sense and the others euphemisms. Pains “great care taken (for some purpose)” is first recorded 1520s (in the singular in this sense, it is attested from c.1300). First record of pain-killer is from 1853.
c.1300, “to exert or strain oneself, strive; endeavor,” from Old French pener (v.) “to hurt, cause pain,” from peine, and from Middle English peine (n.); see pain (n.). Transitive meaning “cause pain; inflict pain” is from late 14c. That of “to cause sorrow, grief, or unhappiness” also is from late 14c. Related: Pained; paining.
feel no pain
In addition to the idioms beginning with pain
pain in the neck
- Pain in the neck
Also, pain in the ass or butt. A source of annoyance, a nuisance, as in Joan is a real pain in the neck, with her constant complaining, or Jack told his brother to stop being a pain in the ass. The first of these colloquial expressions dates from about 1900 and originated as a euphemism […]
[peyn-kil-er] /ˈpeɪnˌkɪl ər/ noun 1. a drug, treatment, or anything else that relieves , especially an analgesic. /ˈpeɪnˌkɪlə/ noun 1. an analgesic drug or agent 2. anything that relieves pain
[peyn-lis] /ˈpeɪn lɪs/ adjective 1. without ; causing little or no : painless dentistry; a painless cure. 2. Informal. not difficult; requiring little or no hard work or exertion. adjective 1. not causing pain or distress 2. not affected by pain adj. 1560s, from pain (n.) + -less. Related: Painlessly; painlessness.
- Pain perdu
noun French toast Examples Pain perdu got its start as a way of using up leftover bread. Word Origin c. 1450, French, “lost bread” Usage Note cooking