[syn: irritating, painful]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Painful \Pain"ful\, a.
1. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either
physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing.
2. Requiring labor or toil; difficult; executed with
laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.
3. Painstaking; careful; industrious. [Obs.] --Fuller.
A very painful person, and a great clerk. --Jer.
Nor must the painful husbandman be tired. --Dryden.
Syn: Disquieting; troublesome; afflictive; distressing;
grievous; laborious; toilsome; difficult; arduous.
[1913 Webster] -- Pain"ful*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with
painful slowness" [ant: painless]
2: causing misery or pain or distress; "it was a sore trial to
him"; "the painful process of growing up" [syn: afflictive,
3: exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste";
"abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful
manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting";
"an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room" [syn:
atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful,
4: causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more
than irritating; they can be very painful" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
140 Moby Thesaurus words for "painful":
Herculean, aching, achy, acute, affecting, afflictive, aggravating,
agonizing, algetic, annoying, arduous, assiduous, atrocious,
backbreaking, besetting, biting, bitter, bleak, bothersome,
burdensome, burning, careful, cheerless, comfortless,
conscientious, cramping, cruel, crushing, demanding, deplorable,
depressing, depressive, detailed, diligent, discomforting, dismal,
dismaying, disquieting, distasteful, distressful, distressing,
disturbing, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, dreary, earnest,
effortful, exacting, exasperating, excruciating, forced, galling,
gnawing, grave, grievous, griping, grueling, harassing, hard,
hard-earned, hard-fought, harrowing, harsh, heavy, hefty, hurtful,
hurting, irksome, irritating, joyless, killing, labored, laborious,
lamentable, meticulous, mournful, moving, onerous, operose,
oppressive, painstaking, paroxysmal, pathetic, piercing, piteous,
pitiable, plaguey, poignant, pungent, punishing, racking, raw,
regrettable, rigorous, rueful, sad, saddening, scrupulous,
sedulous, sensitive, severe, sharp, shooting, smarting, sore,
sorrowful, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, stabbing, stinging,
strained, strenuous, tender, thorough, thoroughgoing, throbbing,
toilsome, tormenting, torturous, touching, tough, troublesome,
troubling, trying, unappetizing, uncomfortable, unpalatable,
unpleasant, unsavory, uphill, vexatious, vexing, wearisome,
woebegone, woeful, worrisome, worrying, wretched