Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “painfully”

painfully

adverb     /ˈpeɪn.fəl.i/
in a way that causes pain: Without surgery, this animal will die slowly and painfully.Pain and painful used to emphasize a quality, action, or situation that is unpleasant or not wanted: I am painfully aware that I have made mistakes. It was a painfully slow journey.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of painfully adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of painfully

Definitions of “painfully” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More