1. Full of pain; causing uneasiness or distress, either physical or mental; afflictive; disquieting; distressing

2. Requiring labour or toil; difficult; executed with laborious effort; as a painful service; a painful march.

3. Painstaking; careful; industrious. "A very painful person, and a great clerk." (Jer. Taylor) "Nor must the painful husbandman be tired." (Dryden)

Synonyms: Disquieting, troublesome, afflictive, distressing, grievous, laborious, toilsome, difficult, arduous. Pain"fully, Pain"fulness.

(01 Mar 1998)