Definition of painfully in English:



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

    ‘she coughed painfully’
    • ‘There might be scorpions and centipedes underneath, which can bite very painfully.’
    • ‘The man let Madeleine go and she fell to the ground, clutching her neck painfully.’
    • ‘I don't know why the film got panned so much - for me it's exquisitely, painfully beautiful.’
    • ‘I made my way to my room, change into pj pants, took off my jacket and fell painfully to sleep.’
    • ‘It's since my shoulder got painfully and extremely jiggered, six years ago.’
    • ‘She felt sore all over as she painfully walked to the awaiting medical center in town.’
    • ‘The demon turned to look at Ryuko, dropping Jade on the spot and leaving her to rub her neck painfully.’
    • ‘The man's grin was sheepish and he rubbed his sore thigh that had painfully come into contact with the table's leg.’
    • ‘My mood on Friday wasn't helped by the fact that I was limping around with a painfully throbbing bruised ankle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She could feel the burning heat creeping up her neck and building up on her cheeks painfully.’
    • ‘The usual mischievous sparkle had gone from his eyes and he appeared serious, painfully serious.’
    • ‘One, the projection of the film onto the bathtowel-sized screen was so painfully out of focus it made my eyes throb.’
    • ‘I spent the next two hours in the dentist's chair having sharp edges painfully filed off and loose teeth fixed back in.’
    • ‘Hauling himself up on his walker he edged painfully out of the living room into the hallway, dragging his legs behind him.’
    • ‘Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.’
    • ‘Yet the settlement negotiated painfully over the past weeks is uneasy.’
    • ‘Despair becomes the main content of the novel to the point where it is painfully obvious and painfully funny.’
    • ‘Half-swallowing caused his throat to stretch painfully but he barely felt it.’
    • ‘Rubbing her sore bottom painfully, she jerked her head up to see who had run into her.’
    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
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    1. 1.1[as submodifier](with reference to something bad) exceedingly; acutely.
      ‘progress was painfully slow’
      • ‘He stood at over six feet tall but had a far more powerful aura about him than Lars, who was painfully aware of this.’
      • ‘Compared to making music, however, Cave finds cinema a painfully slow business.’
      • ‘It's an elegant film but one that fails to engage, mainly because of the painfully slow pace.’
      • ‘It was a classic moment of inclusion which I felt acutely and painfully outside of.’
      • ‘We are also acutely aware that completion of these and other outstanding items is painfully slow.’
      • ‘I like about half of every season lately and I've come to think the first couple are painfully slow.’
      • ‘We used to think she had everything; now we're painfully aware of what she's lost.’
      • ‘While John took to it with ease, I was painfully aware of my lack of sophistication.’
      • ‘Friends allege he is painfully shy and a borderline social inadequate.’
      • ‘His painfully slow recuperation gives him a greater affinity with his surroundings.’
      • ‘New copyright legislation is in the offing but it's a painfully slow process.’
      • ‘The first of these is the painfully inordinate length of the electoral process.’
      • ‘Then there are those of us who are painfully aware of our shortcomings as human beings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Trusted companions were perceived as enemies and she refused to eat, becoming painfully thin.’
      • ‘She was painfully thin, you could see every rib and back bone on her.’
      • ‘She was an elegant, very composed lady, said to be painfully shy, but not the time I met her.’
      • ‘El Guerrouj is painfully aware that he has won everything apart from the Olympic title.’
      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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