Etymology

1. painfully

adverb. ['ˈpeɪnfəli'] unpleasantly.

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • painful (English)
  • -ful (English)

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Rhymes with Painfully

  • gainfully

Sentences with painfully


1. Adverb
Winters in Ireland are dark, wet and often painfully cold.

Quotes about painfully


1. Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

2. Of course it hurt that we could never love each other in a physical way. We would have been far more happy if we had. But that was like the tides, the change of seasons--something immutable, an immovable destiny we could never alter. No matter how cleverly we might shelter it, our delicate friendship wasn't going to last forever. We were bound to reach a dead end. That was painfully clear.
- Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

3. He was painfully shy, which, as is often the manner of the painfully shy, he overcompensated for by being too loud at the wrong times.
- Neil Gaiman, Stardust

2. painfully

adverb. ['ˈpeɪnfəli'] in or as if in pain.

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • painful (English)
  • -ful (English)
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