Usage examples for painfully

  1. He gasped painfully as he spoke, but smiled sadly directly after as the Resident warmly grasped his hand. – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  2. Painfully but steadily she climbed down and down. – The Everlasting Whisper by Jackson Gregory
  3. We shall come up, declared Miller; slowly and painfully perhaps, but we shall win our way. – The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt