Definition of painfully in US English:

painfully

adverb

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

    ‘she coughed painfully’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet the settlement negotiated painfully over the past weeks is uneasy.’
    • ‘Half-swallowing caused his throat to stretch painfully but he barely felt it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I spent the next two hours in the dentist's chair having sharp edges painfully filed off and loose teeth fixed back in.’
    • ‘The man's grin was sheepish and he rubbed his sore thigh that had painfully come into contact with the table's leg.’
    • ‘The man let Madeleine go and she fell to the ground, clutching her neck painfully.’
    • ‘Despair becomes the main content of the novel to the point where it is painfully obvious and painfully funny.’
    • ‘One, the projection of the film onto the bathtowel-sized screen was so painfully out of focus it made my eyes throb.’
    • ‘Rubbing her sore bottom painfully, she jerked her head up to see who had run into her.’
    • ‘I made my way to my room, change into pj pants, took off my jacket and fell painfully to sleep.’
    • ‘Hauling himself up on his walker he edged painfully out of the living room into the hallway, dragging his legs behind him.’
    • ‘There might be scorpions and centipedes underneath, which can bite very painfully.’
    • ‘The demon turned to look at Ryuko, dropping Jade on the spot and leaving her to rub her neck painfully.’
    • ‘I don't know why the film got panned so much - for me it's exquisitely, painfully beautiful.’
    • ‘Consumers are painfully overcharged in all aspects of their business transactions.’
    distressingly, worryingly, upsettingly, disturbingly, sadly, pitifully, unfortunately, agonizingly, harrowingly, excruciatingly, chillingly, alarmingly, insufferably, unendurably, unbearably, torturously, cruelly, uncomfortably, embarrassingly, disconcertingly, unenviably, unpleasantly
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    1. 1.1as submodifier (with reference to something bad) exceedingly; acutely.
      ‘progress was painfully slow’
      • ‘We are also acutely aware that completion of these and other outstanding items is 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.’
      • ‘She was painfully thin, you could see every rib and back bone on her.’
      • ‘Then there are those of us who are painfully aware of our shortcomings as human beings.’
      • ‘He stood at over six feet tall but had a far more powerful aura about him than Lars, who was painfully aware of this.’
      • ‘While John took to it with ease, I was painfully aware of my lack of sophistication.’
      • ‘It's an elegant film but one that fails to engage, mainly because of the painfully slow pace.’
      • ‘The introduction of speed cameras has been promised, but is taking a painfully long time to implement.’
      • ‘Friends allege he is painfully shy and a borderline social inadequate.’
      • ‘Compared to making music, however, Cave finds cinema a painfully slow business.’
      • ‘Trusted companions were perceived as enemies and she refused to eat, becoming painfully thin.’
      • ‘We used to think she had everything; now we're painfully aware of what she's lost.’
      • ‘El Guerrouj is painfully aware that he has won everything apart from the Olympic title.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His painfully slow recuperation gives him a greater affinity with his surroundings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was an elegant, very composed lady, said to be painfully shy, but not the time I met her.’
      • ‘I like about half of every season lately and I've come to think the first couple are painfully slow.’
      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

/ˈpeɪnfəli//ˈpānfəlē/