Definitions for badlyˈbæd li
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bad•ly*ˈbæd li(adv.; adj.)worse, worst
(adv.)in a defective or incorrect way.
in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner.
She spoke badly of him.
in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.
in a naughty or socially wrong way.
very much; to a great extent or degree:
to want something badly.
to be injured badly.
with great distress or emotional display:
She took the news badly.
(adj.)in ill health; sick:
He felt badly.
I feel badly about your loss.
* Usage: In the sense “very much,”badly is fully standard: He needs help badly. See also bad1.
Origin of badly:
badly, severely, gravely, seriously(adverb)
to a severe or serious degree
"fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"
ill, badly, poorly(adverb)
(`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
"he was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "the car runs badly"; "he performed badly on the exam"; "the team played poorly"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan"
evilly or wickedly
"treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act badly"
badly, mischievously, naughtily(adverb)
in a disobedient or naughty way
"he behaved badly in school"; "he mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister"; "behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room"
with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
"the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"
very much; strongly
"I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"
without skill or in a displeasing manner
"she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly"
in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage
"the venture turned out badly for the investors"; "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"
unfavorably or with disapproval
"tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display
"they took their defeat badly"; "took her father's death badly"; "conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
not well or successfully done
a badly drawn picture; I did so badly on that test.; The project was going very badly.
seriously or severely
in an unacceptable way
handled the situation badly; treating prisoners badly
He wants to win badly.
In a bad manner.
Very much; to a great degree.
I want it so badly.
He's never badly. (He's never ill.)
in a bad manner; poorly; not well; unskillfully; imperfectly; unfortunately; grievously; so as to cause harm; disagreeably; seriously
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'badly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2412
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'badly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2381
Rank popularity for the word 'badly' in Adverbs Frequency: #192
Anagrams of badly
Translations for badly
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not well, efficiently or satisfactorily
He plays tennis very badly.
- بِصورةٍ سَيّئـهArabic
- malPortuguese (BR)
- άσχημα, αναποτελεσματικά, μη ικανοποιητικάGreek
- بد؛ ناشیانهFarsi
- בְּאוֹפֶן גָרוּעHebrew
- बुरी तरह सेHindi
- buruk, jelekIndonesian
- tidak cekapMalay
- dårlig, slettNorwegian
- بد؛ ناشیانهPersian
- بد، غلط، خراب، ناوړهPashto
- rău, prostRomanian
- ไม่ดี; ไม่น่าพอใจThai
- kötü, fenaTurkish
- 糟糕地Chinese (Trad.)
- پُری طرحUrdu
- tồi; dởVietnamese
- 坏，差Chinese (Simp.)
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