Definition of pained in US English:



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

    ‘a pained expression came over his face’
    ‘Susan looked pained’
    • ‘He looked her in the eye with a pained expression and said ‘Madam, no one chooses red frames’.’
    • ‘I asked him innocently, mentally shoving down the pained expression that tried to break through.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I think there was humour in that,’ he says with a pained expression.’
    • ‘Her whole face shriveled up into a pained, dried-apple doll expression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It could account for the pained expression on his face, the knitted eyebrows and his cross-eyed look of concentration.’
    • ‘His pained expression implies childlike insecurity, his shambling unsophistication contrasting with the intensity of the competition.’
    • ‘Her sobs died away, her pained expression softening.’
    • ‘A pained expression lit his face and grabbed his head in pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Wages are going up and up,’ he points out with a pained expression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just as he moved his wrist a shooting pain engulfed his whole hand, bringing out a pained expression on his face.’
    • ‘I chuckle at his pained expression and say, ‘I'm sorry, my dear brother, my foot must have slipped.’’
    • ‘The office slowly filled up with pained expressions.’
    • ‘Brooke lifts a hand to his chest, a pained expression on his boyish face.’
    be painful, be sore, be tender, cause pain, cause discomfort, ache, smart, sting, burn, tingle, throb
    upset, hurt, wounded, injured, insulted, offended, aggrieved, affronted, displeased, distressed, disgruntled, put out, annoyed, angered, angry, cross, exasperated, indignant, irritated, vexed, piqued, irked, stung, galled, nettled, needled, peeved, ruffled, resentful, in a huff, huffy, in high dudgeon, fed up
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