archaic form of painful
Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental.
Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person).
Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious.
Painstaking; careful; industrious.
(informal) Very bad, poor.
His violin playing is painful.
causing physical or psychological pain;
worked with painful slowness
causing misery or pain or distress;
it was a sore trial to him
the painful process of growing up
exceptionally bad or displeasing;
an awful voice
a painful performance
an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room
causing physical discomfort;
bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful