UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpeɪnfəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpeɪnfəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pānfəl)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pain•ful /ˈpeɪnfəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. causing or characterized by pain:a painful wound.
  2. difficult to endure;
    agonizing:a painful life.
pain•ful•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pain•ful  (pānfəl),USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. affected with, causing, or characterized by pain:a painful wound;a painful night;a painful memory.
  2. laborious;
    difficult:a painful life.
  3. Archaic. painstaking;
painful•ly, adv. 
painful•ness, n. 
  • 1300–50; Middle English; see pain, -ful
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distressing, torturing, agonizing, tormenting, excruciating.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arduous.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged easy.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
painful /ˈpeɪnfʊl/ adj
  1. causing pain; distressing: a painful duty
  2. affected with pain
  3. tedious or difficult
  4. informal extremely bad

ˈpainfully adv ˈpainfulness n
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Collocations: a painful [process, experience, romance], [suffered, had] a painful [accident, fall, tackle, collision, death], [went through, underwent, endured] a painful process, more...

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