Definition of painfully in English:


Syllabification: pain·ful·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpānfəlē


  • 1In a painful manner or to a painful degree: she coughed painfully
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    • The demon turned to look at Ryuko, dropping Jade on the spot and leaving her to rub her neck painfully.
    • The man let Madeleine go and she fell to the ground, clutching her neck painfully.
    • She could feel the burning heat creeping up her neck and building up on her cheeks painfully.
  • 1.1 [as submodifier] (With reference to something bad) exceedingly; acutely: progress was painfully slow
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    • We are also acutely aware that completion of these and other outstanding items is painfully slow.
    • It was a classic moment of inclusion which I felt acutely and painfully outside of.
    • Friends allege he is painfully shy and a borderline social inadequate.

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