(noun, verb)


1. a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder

- the patient developed severe pain and distension

Similar word(s): hurting

Definition categories: state, symptom

2. emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid

- the pain of loneliness

Similar word(s): painfulness

Definition categories: feeling

3. a somatic sensation of acute discomfort

- as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain

Definition categories: thought, somatesthesia, somesthesia

4. a bothersome annoying person

- that kid is a terrible pain

Similar word(s): nuisance

Definition categories: person

5. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness

Similar word(s): annoyance, bother, botheration, infliction

Definition categories: thought

Sentences with pain as a noun:

- The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.

- I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.

- In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.

- The pain of departure was difficult to bear.

- Your mother is a right pain.

- You may not leave this room on pain of death.

- Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. — DrydenWe will, by way of mulct or pain, lay it upon him. — Bacon


1. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Similar word(s): ail, trouble

Definition categories: body, hurt

2. cause emotional anguish or make miserable

- It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school

Similar word(s): anguish, hurt

Definition categories: emotion, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset

Sentences with pain as a verb:

- The wound pained him.

- It pains me to say that I must let you go.