Definition of badly
1 : in a bad manner <played badly>
2 : to a great or intense degree <want something badly>
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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