Definition of painfully in English:

painfully

adverb

  • 1In a painful manner or to a painful degree.

    ‘she coughed painfully’
    • ‘Yet the settlement negotiated painfully over the past weeks is uneasy.’
    • ‘She could feel the burning heat creeping up her neck and building up on her cheeks painfully.’
    • ‘The man let Madeleine go and she fell to the ground, clutching her neck painfully.’
    • ‘She felt sore all over as she painfully walked to the awaiting medical center in town.’
    • ‘Hauling himself up on his walker he edged painfully out of the living room into the hallway, dragging his legs behind him.’
    • ‘The man's grin was sheepish and he rubbed his sore thigh that had painfully come into contact with the table's leg.’
    • ‘There might be scorpions and centipedes underneath, which can bite very painfully.’
    • ‘One, the projection of the film onto the bathtowel-sized screen was so painfully out of focus it made my eyes throb.’
    • ‘Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.’
    • ‘It's since my shoulder got painfully and extremely jiggered, six years ago.’
    • ‘Despair becomes the main content of the novel to the point where it is painfully obvious and painfully funny.’
    • ‘The demon turned to look at Ryuko, dropping Jade on the spot and leaving her to rub her neck painfully.’
    • ‘I made my way to my room, change into pj pants, took off my jacket and fell painfully to sleep.’
    • ‘My mood on Friday wasn't helped by the fact that I was limping around with a painfully throbbing bruised ankle.’
    • ‘Half-swallowing caused his throat to stretch painfully but he barely felt it.’
    • ‘The usual mischievous sparkle had gone from his eyes and he appeared serious, painfully serious.’
    • ‘I spent the next two hours in the dentist's chair having sharp edges painfully filed off and loose teeth fixed back in.’
    • ‘Rubbing her sore bottom painfully, she jerked her head up to see who had run into her.’
    • ‘I don't know why the film got panned so much - for me it's exquisitely, painfully beautiful.’
    • ‘I am sporting an almighty bruise on the back of my left foot and my right shoulder is painfully letting me know that it's there.’
    distressingly, worryingly, upsettingly, disturbingly, sadly, pitifully, unfortunately, agonizingly, harrowingly, excruciatingly, chillingly, alarmingly, insufferably, unendurably, unbearably, torturously, cruelly, uncomfortably, embarrassingly, disconcertingly, unenviably, unpleasantly
    woefully, dreadfully, terribly, awfully, horribly
    frightfully
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    1. 1.1[as submodifier] (with reference to something bad) exceedingly; acutely.
      ‘progress was painfully slow’
      • ‘She was painfully thin, you could see every rib and back bone on her.’
      • ‘While John took to it with ease, I was painfully aware of my lack of sophistication.’
      • ‘Compared to making music, however, Cave finds cinema a painfully slow business.’
      • ‘He stood at over six feet tall but had a far more powerful aura about him than Lars, who was painfully aware of this.’
      • ‘El Guerrouj is painfully aware that he has won everything apart from the Olympic title.’
      • ‘We used to think she had everything; now we're painfully aware of what she's lost.’
      • ‘I like about half of every season lately and I've come to think the first couple are painfully slow.’
      • ‘The first of these is the painfully inordinate length of the electoral process.’
      • ‘It'd make a change from the painfully bad music he's made in the past.’
      • ‘As the bus makes its way out of the centre, it is painfully slow due to the volume of traffic and it is no way to travel if you are in a hurry.’
      • ‘The introduction of speed cameras has been promised, but is taking a painfully long time to implement.’
      • ‘It was a classic moment of inclusion which I felt acutely and painfully outside of.’
      • ‘New copyright legislation is in the offing but it's a painfully slow process.’
      • ‘We are also acutely aware that completion of these and other outstanding items is painfully slow.’
      • ‘Friends allege he is painfully shy and a borderline social inadequate.’
      • ‘His painfully slow recuperation gives him a greater affinity with his surroundings.’
      • ‘Trusted companions were perceived as enemies and she refused to eat, becoming painfully thin.’
      • ‘She was an elegant, very composed lady, said to be painfully shy, but not the time I met her.’
      • ‘Then there are those of us who are painfully aware of our shortcomings as human beings.’
      • ‘It's an elegant film but one that fails to engage, mainly because of the painfully slow pace.’
      extremely, very, deeply, exceedingly, greatly, immensely, enormously, terribly, tremendously, awfully, intensely, heartily, keenly, acutely, from the bottom of one's heart, thoroughly, sincerely, so
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Pronunciation

painfully

/ˈpānfəlē/