how to pronounce painful

pɛɪnfəl

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An example use of painful in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… what is obviously a painful uh situation …”

meanings of painful

adjective:

  1. Painstaking; careful; industrious.
  2. Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious.
  3. Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental.
  4. Very bad, poor.
  5. Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person).