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[peyn-kil-er] /ˈpeɪnˌkɪl ər/
a drug, treatment, or anything else that relieves pain, especially an analgesic.
Origin of painkiller
1850-55, Americanism; pain + killer
Related forms
painkilling, adjective Unabridged
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  • painkiller would come next; after that, if need be, would come libations of red ink.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • "I guess you'll do well enough without any painkiller," he said to himself.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • There's a bottle of painkiller, if that's what ye want, and a packet of salts left—maybe they'd do ye some good.

  • His days of “painkiller,” which he stocked for trade, had not yet come round.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • Gordon found one tablet of painkiller left in the bottle and swallowed it with the dregs of the coffee.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for painkiller


an analgesic drug or agent
anything that relieves pain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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