painful
adjective (painfuller; painfullest) Date: 14th century 1. a. feeling or giving pain <
a painful injury
>
b. irksome, annoying 2. requiring effort or exertion <
a long painful trip
>
3. archaic careful, diligentpainfully adverbpainfulness noun

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