painful etymology

English word painful comes from English pain, English -ful

Detailed word origin of painful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
pain English (eng) (transitive) To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.. (transitive) To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.. (transitive, obsolete) To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish. (countable) An annoying person or thing.. (countable, and, uncountable) An ache or bodily [...]
-ful English (eng) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.
painful English (eng) (informal) Very bad, poor.. (now, _, rare) Painstaking; careful; industrious. [from 16th c.]. Afflicted or suffering with pain (of a body part or, formerly, of a person). [from 15th c.]. Causing pain or distress, either physical or mental. [from 14th c.]. Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious. [from 15th c.].

Words with the same origin as painful

Descendants of -ful
colorful delightful disgraceful doubtful graceful grateful hateful helpful hopeful hurtful joyful meaningful merciful peaceful resourceful respectful rightful stressful successful suspenseful thankful truthful useful youthful