Definition of painfully adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪnfəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪnfəli//
    Being ill
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  1. 1extremely, and in a way that makes you feel annoyed, upset, etc. Their son was painfully shy. The dog was painfully thin. He was painfully aware of his lack of experience. Progress has been painfully slow.
  2. 2in a way that causes you physical or emotional pain He banged his knee painfully against the desk. See related entries: Being ill
  3. 3with a lot of effort and difficulty painfully acquired experience
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: painfully