painful adjective definition in Being ill topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

painful

 adjective: Being ill topic
1 causing you pain Is your back still painful? a painful death My ankle is still too painful to walk on. He took a painful blow on the shoulder.2 painful (for somebody) (to do something) | painful (doing something) causing you to feel upset or embarrassed a painful experience/memory Their efforts were painful to watch.3 unpleasant or difficult to do Applying for jobs can be a long and painful process.