Translation of painful in Spanish:


doloroso, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈpeɪnfəl//ˈpeɪnfʊl//ˈpeɪnf(ə)l/


  • 1

    is it very painful? ¿duele mucho?
    • While he was doubled over, she reached for anything heavy, turning onto her stomach with painful difficulty.
    • Shingles causes a painful rash of small blisters that typically appear on the body, often in a band on the chest and back.
    • Hiking boots are obviously a much better idea for moving around in, but the trade off can be feet so cold and painful that your whole day can be spoilt.
    • He endured years of painful physical therapy after being adopted by Mia.
    • The patches become itchy and painful, causing both physical and psychological discomfort.
    • It seemed as though most of my actions in the winter months were in the hopes of getting rid of the painful ache of the cold that had burrowed its way into my bones.
    • He was lean and muscular, but painful scars and sores ran across his body like tattoos.
    • She has been left with blurred vision and painful burns to her body.
    • Regaining range of motion in the knee was the most difficult, most painful part.
    • Sunil Kumar was troubled by a painful shoulder and thus could not do justice to his entry.
    • Clinical symptoms include painful urination, frequency, urgency, and pain lower abdomen.
    • If a blood clot develops in one of them, painful swelling can result.
    • People with interstitial cystitis may have painful spasms of the pelvic floor muscles.
    • The pressure of the water on your body can reduce swelling if you have painful injuries.
    • Difficult or painful swallowing may both change the voice and interfere with eating.
    • Ark shifted his now stiff and painful limbs and began to stretch as if he were awakening from a deep sleep.
    • A sharp painful sensation shook through her body and she flew back a good twenty feet.
    • With a shock he inhaled sharply, as if recovering his breath in a gasp after a hard painful effort.
    • Complete mastery of the body includes what appear to be very painful exercises pursued apparently without pain.
    • Muscle cramping is a painful, involuntary muscle spasm that regularly frustrates athletes.
  • 2

    (task) desagradable
    (reminder) doloroso
    it is my painful duty to inform you … tengo el doloroso deber de informarles …
    • it was painful to watch her wasting away daba pena / lástima / era doloroso ver como se consumía
    • This machine can check how deep a burn is without removing bandages which can be a very painful experience for children.
    • Often what he expresses is the failure of sight, implying a painful or traumatic experience or image.
    • Dukkha-dukkha may be associated with painful and unpleasant experience such as receiving a knock or having a sore tooth.
    • They felt some of the impact of their painful and distressing symptoms had been eased.
    • The two items she is showing express the painful experiences of her people and her own family.
    • The most painful experience of my life bar none was as a result of a checklist probe, a cystoscopy.
    • Filling up your car can a painful experience, as can searching for the cheapest gas in town.
    • All that remains of his painful experience, save for a few unwelcome memories, is the metalwork that is to be removed next summer.
    • For two years hitting the low notes on his horn had been a painful experience and he attributed his aching jaw to impacted wisdom teeth.
    • An overwhelming number of north west mums say they found giving birth a more painful experience than they ever imagined.
    • The thing is, you see, I have learned from painful experience that kids are not necessarily adept at sticking to a schedule.
    • Watching the results on television was a rather painful experience because counting was so slow.
    • A burn injury and its subsequent treatment are among the most painful experiences a person can encounter.
    • Often eating disorders are a coping strategy women use to deal with painful emotions and experiences.
    • The learning experience can be painful for a young pitcher if his team is in a fierce fight for a title.
    • The project will be remembered by both parties as a painful experience with no winners.
    • She looked torn for a moment, as though she was thinking about a painful experience.
    • The most painful experience a human being can feel is that his parents do not love him.
    • Make sure the bike fits you and not the other way round otherwise a few days of cycling might be an uncomfortable or painful experience.
    • It is the first time he has rebelled since he lost the lord chancellorship in a bitter and painful reshuffle in June 2003.
  • 3informal

    de pena informal
    his acting was really painful su actuación daba vergüenza ajena
    • Racism is a pernicious influence, but it's also a dangerous and painful accusation to level against someone.
    • Going by the contortions of your average rock band, music is a painful and terribly serious duty.
    • Well, I suppose he could but it would be terribly painful and it would take hours if he tried to do it alone.
    • I know it's serious, and very painful, but you can't help laughing when you read that
    • The gulf that was currently separating her and Louis was so terribly painful.
    • Football is in danger of dying a painful death if it continues to give in to the greed of these players.