• IPA: /ˈpeɪnfəli/


  1. In a painful manner; as if in pain#Noun|pain.
    I limped painfully down the stairs.
    • 1906 January–October, Joseph Conrad, chapter IX, in The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale, London: Methuen & Co., […], published 1907, OCLC 270548466 ↗; The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Collection of British Authors; 3995), copyright edition, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1907, OCLC 1107573959 ↗, page 193 ↗:
      The unsufficiency and uncandidness of his answer became painfully apparent in the dead silence of the room.
  2. (informal) Badly; poorly.
    That was the most painfully sung rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon” that I’ve ever heard.

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