Definition of badly
1 : in a bad manner played badly
2 : to a great or intense degree want something badly
badly off forBritish
: strongly in need of (something or someone) It may seem pie in the sky in the current financial climate, but few could argue that for a city of its size and prestige, Edinburgh is badly off for large-scale sports facilities. — The Evening News (Edinburgh)
: fairly or acceptably well The economy is doing not badly and looks even better than it really is. — Tom Teepen
think badly of
: to have an unfavorable or low opinion of (someone or something) “You shouldn't think badly of the town because of this,” said Brogan. “It is a good town.” — Neil Gaiman
Examples of badly in a sentence
He played badly but I played even worse.
The failure reflects badly on the administration.
She wanted the job badly.
I'm badly in need of a vacation.
His fingers were badly frozen.
First Known Use of badly
BADLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of badly for English Language Learners
: in a bad manner
: very much : to a great degree
: severely or seriously
BADLY Defined for Kids
Definition of badly for Students
1 : in a bad manner He behaved badly.
2 : very much I badly wanted to win.
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