English Online Dictionary. What means painful? What does painful mean?
- painfull (archaic)
From Middle English paynful, peinful, peynful, paynefull, peynefull, equivalent to pain + -ful. Compare Danish pinefuld (“painful”).
- IPA(key): /ˈpeɪn.fəl/
- Rhymes: -eɪnfəl
painful (comparative painfuller or more painful, superlative painfullest or most painful)
- 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.]
- (informal) Very bad, poor.
- (full of pain): doleful, sorrowful, smartful, irksome, annoying
- (requiring labor or toil): laborious, exerting
- (causing pain): painless, painfree