painful meaning

  • AdjectiveCOMpainfullerCOMmore painfulSUPpainfullestSUPmost painfulSUF-ful
    1. Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental.
      1. Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person).
        1. Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious.
          1. (now rare) Painstaking; careful; industrious.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • Miss Thorn began digging up the turf with her lofter: it was a painful moment for me. ¶ “You might at least have tried me, Mrs. Cooke,” I said.
              • Ferdinand not yet recovered from the painful surprize
              • In a 2008 case report from India, doctors described removing a giant tonsillolith that was making it painful for a young patient to swallow.
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • Anyone who tries to cycle will learn the hard way that grazes are painful.

          Meaning of painful for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this word "painful" is an adjective. It's also a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Adjectives
              • Morphemes
                • Suffixes
                  • Words by suffix
                    • Words suffixed with -ful
              Difficultness: Level 1
              Easy     ➨     Difficult
              Definiteness: Level 7
              Definite    ➨     Versatile
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