1) Of a person it was ‘painstaking’, a complimentary reference to the care and attention bestowed on a task.

1613 ‘free ... to serve in any office ... they having been long industrous and painefull members of the House’, Hull

1642 oftentimes a painfull fellowe will not refuse to stooke after 7 or 8 sythes, if the binders will but doe soe much as throwe him in the sheaves, Elmswell.

places Elmswell Hull
dates 1613 1642

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