What does badly mean?

Definitions for badly
ˈbæd libad·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word badly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. badly, severely, gravely, seriouslyadverb

    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, poorlyadverb

    (`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. badlyadverb

    evilly or wickedly

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

  4. badly, mischievously, naughtilyadverb

    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, badadverb

    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, badadverb

    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. badlyadverb

    without skill or in a displeasing manner

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

  8. badly, disadvantageouslyadverb

    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, badlyadverb

    unfavorably or with disapproval

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

  10. badlyadverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. badlyadverb

    In a bad manner.

  2. badlyadverb

    Very much; to a great degree.

    I want it so badly.

  3. badlyadjective

    ill, unwell

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Badlyadverb

    In a bad manner; not well.

    Etymology: from bad.

    How goes the day with us? Oh tell me, Hubert. ——
    Badly, I fear. How fares your majesty? William Shakespeare, King John.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Badlyadverb

    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 for badly »

  1. baldy

  2. blady

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of badly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of badly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of badly in a Sentence

  1. Chris Toner:

    It concerns me, and I take it very seriously, when I have a soldier or a family member who believes that they are treated badly.

  2. Rich Hall, "Sniglets":

    Lactomangulation, n.: Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk carton so badly that one has to resort to using the "illegal" side.

  3. Stephen Massocca:

    I don't know when it's going to end but I know how it's going to end badly.

  4. Jonathan Craig:

    I used an apron to pull him out, that’s how badly burned he was, he passed away, I want to say, three minutes after me pulling him out of the fire. I told him to hang on, listen to my voice, the ambulance is coming, they’re on their way … He took his last breath.

  5. G.K. Chesterton:

    If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

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