Definition of tearfully in US English:

tearfully

adverb

  • While crying; in a sad or emotional manner.

    ‘he tearfully confessed the truth’
    ‘her eyes watered and she smiled tearfully’
    • ‘He tearfully recalls getting beaten up "constantly" at school.’
    • ‘She nodded tearfully.’
    • ‘"Don't give him any trouble," she told me tearfully.’
    • ‘He tearfully confided that he had wanted more attention.’
    • ‘There, the father tearfully embraced the son he had thought dead.’

Pronunciation

tearfully

/ˈtɪrfəli//ˈtirfəlē/