Definitions for badlyˈbæd li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bad•ly*ˈbæd li(adv.; adj.)worse, worst

  1. (adv.)in a defective or incorrect way.

  2. in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner.

  3. unfavorably:

    She spoke badly of him.

  4. in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.

  5. in a naughty or socially wrong way.

  6. very much; to a great extent or degree:

    to want something badly.

  7. severely; direly:

    to be injured badly.

  8. with great distress or emotional display:

    She took the news badly.

  9. (adj.)in ill health; sick:

    He felt badly.

  10. sorry; regretful:

    I feel badly about your loss.

  11. dejected; downcast.

* Usage: In the sense “very much,”badly is fully standard: He needs help badly. See also bad1.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. badly(adverb)

    evilly or wickedly

    "treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act badly"

  4. 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"

  5. badly, bad(adverb)

    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"

  6. badly, bad(adverb)

    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"

  7. badly(adverb)

    without skill or in a displeasing manner

    "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly"

  8. badly, disadvantageously(adverb)

    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"

  9. ill, badly(adverb)

    unfavorably or with disapproval

    "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"

  10. badly(adverb)

    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

  1. badly(adverb)ˈbæd li

    not well or successfully done

    a badly drawn picture; I did so badly on that test.; The project was going very badly.

  2. badlyˈbæd li

    seriously or severely

    badly injured/damaged/burned

  3. badlyˈbæd li

    in an unacceptable way

    handled the situation badly; treating prisoners badly

  4. badlyˈbæd li

    very much

    He wants to win badly.


  1. badly(Adverb)

    In a bad manner.

  2. badly(Adverb)

    Very much; to a great degree.

    I want it so badly.

  3. badly(Adjective)

    ill, unwell

    He's never badly. (He's never ill.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Badly(adverb)

    in a bad manner; poorly; not well; unskillfully; imperfectly; unfortunately; grievously; so as to cause harm; disagreeably; seriously

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'badly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2412

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'badly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2381

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'badly' in Adverbs Frequency: #192

Anagrams of badly

  1. baldy

Translations for badly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not well, efficiently or satisfactorily

He plays tennis very badly.

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