pain | pain in the ass | pain in the butt

This page is about the slang term pain | pain in the ass | pain in the butt

American English


an annoying or troublesome person or thing

For example

  • Rosanne has been a real pain in the ass since she was voted prom queen. She thinks she's better than the rest of us now.

  • Getting all this spam email is such a pain in the butt. I wish they wouldn't send the damn stuff.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Someone might be called a "pain" if they

a. complain about everything

b. help lots of people

c. make people laugh
a) complain about everything b) help lots of people c) make people laugh

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Contributor: Matt Errey