Definition of “painful” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈpeɪnfəl/
Extra Examples
She's already had to endure three painful operations on her leg.He suffered a painful blow to the knee.Is the bruise still painful?A sprained ankle can be very painful.The procedure shouldn't be too painful.

B1 causing physical pain:

Recovery from the operation is a slow and painful process.

B2 making you feel sad or upset:

a painful memory

(Definition of “painful” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)