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Meaning & Definition of Badly in English





1. 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"
  • badly,
  • severely,
  • gravely,
  • seriously

2. (`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"
  • ill,
  • badly,
  • poorly

3. Evilly or wickedly

  • "Treated his parents badly"
  • "To steal is to act badly"
  • badly

4. 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"
  • badly,
  • mischievously,
  • naughtily

5. 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"
  • badly,
  • bad

6. 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"
  • badly,
  • bad

7. Without skill or in a displeasing manner

  • "She writes badly"
  • "I think he paints very badly"
  • badly

8. 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"
  • badly,
  • disadvantageously

9. Unfavorably or with disapproval

  • "Tried not to speak ill of the dead"
  • "Thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
  • ill,
  • badly

10. 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"
  • badly

Examples of using

Tom was badly wounded.
Tom was badly in debt for a while, but he's on his feet again.
Are you badly hurt?