Definition of pained in English:



  • Affected with pain, especially mental pain; hurt or troubled.

    ‘a pained expression came over his face’
    ‘Susan looked pained’
    • ‘His pained expression implies childlike insecurity, his shambling unsophistication contrasting with the intensity of the competition.’
    • ‘It could account for the pained expression on his face, the knitted eyebrows and his cross-eyed look of concentration.’
    • ‘Consequently I spent the rest of the week on a beach on an island in paradise with a pained expression on my face, and unable to move around without squealing.’
    • ‘I asked him innocently, mentally shoving down the pained expression that tried to break through.’
    • ‘In the next shop, Stephanie had hardly crossed the threshold when she caught her foot on raised piece of carpet and fell to the floor nursing her ankle and with a pained expression on her face.’
    • ‘Her whole face shriveled up into a pained, dried-apple doll expression.’
    • ‘The office slowly filled up with pained expressions.’
    • ‘Brooke lifts a hand to his chest, a pained expression on his boyish face.’
    • ‘For thirty seconds the camera close-shot her face, which morphed from an almost pained expression to a dim smile.’
    • ‘‘All the adults have commitments in the Tribe,’ she explained, struggling to hide the pained expression in her eyes.’
    • ‘A pained expression lit his face and grabbed his head in pain.’
    • ‘‘Wages are going up and up,’ he points out with a pained expression.’
    • ‘I chuckle at his pained expression and say, ‘I'm sorry, my dear brother, my foot must have slipped.’’
    • ‘‘I think there was humour in that,’ he says with a pained expression.’
    • ‘He looked her in the eye with a pained expression and said ‘Madam, no one chooses red frames’.’
    • ‘I looked around the room again, this time avoiding the mirror, although the pained expression lingers on Leil's face until I make a conscious effort to smooth it away.’
    • ‘Her sobs died away, her pained expression softening.’
    • ‘Just as he moved his wrist a shooting pain engulfed his whole hand, bringing out a pained expression on his face.’
    • ‘More often than not her exasperated and slightly pained expression could only hint at the atrocities I had committed upon her native tongue.’
    • ‘We all look at him with pained expressions but he doesn't notice us - he's too busy chatting with his colleague.’
    be painful, be sore, be tender, cause pain, cause discomfort, ache, smart, sting, burn, tingle, throb
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