Meaning of “painfully” in the English Dictionary

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"painfully" in British English

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painfullyadverb

uk /ˈpeɪn.fəl.i/ us /ˈpeɪn.fəl.i/

in a way that causes pain:

Without surgery, this animal will die slowly and painfully.

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.

(Definition of “painfully” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"painfully" in American English

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painfullyadverb

us /ˈpeɪn·fə·li/

unpleasantly but clearly:

We were painfully aware of the money that we had lost already.

Painfully is also used to emphasize a quality or situation that is unpleasant or not desirable:

He’s a bright boy, but painfully shy.

(Definition of “painfully” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)