Definition of painful


Scrabble & Words with Friends points

  • painful is a valid Scrabble word with a point value of 12 according to TWL06 dictionary
  • painful is a valid Words with Friends word with a point value of 16 according to ENABLE dictionary

Definition of painful

  • causing physical discomfort (adjective)

    Examples

    1. bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful

    Synonyms

    1. irritating

  • causing misery or pain or distress (adjective)

    Examples

    1. the painful process of growing up

    Synonyms

    1. afflictive
    2. sore

  • exceptionally bad or displeasing (adjective)

    Examples

    1. a painful performance

    Synonyms

    1. abominable
    2. atrocious
    3. awful
    4. dreadful
    5. terrible
    6. unspeakable

  • causing physical or psychological pain (adjective)

    Examples

    1. worked with painful slowness

See definition of painful in Merriam Webster