badly

adverb
bad·ly | \ˈbad-lē \

Definition of badly 

1 : in a bad manner played badly

2 : to a great or intense degree want something badly

badly off for
British

: 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)

not badly

: 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

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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.
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Luckily, her finger wasn't actually gone, although it was badly hurt and developed a nasty infection that had to be treated with antibiotics, news.com.au reported. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "She was feeding a shark by hand. Then it bit her finger and pulled.," 2 July 2018 Somewhere along the way, this network head badly misjudged not just the cultural forces at work, but the volatility of Barr herself. Joy Press, HWD, "The Trouble with Roseanne Was Always Going to Be Roseanne Barr," 29 May 2018 The Indians badly need relief, with the Padres’ southpaw Brad Hand probably topping their list, as well as everybody else’s. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Midseason Roundtable: The SI Staff Makes Some Second-Half Predictions," 11 July 2018 The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Trump vs. Red Hen restaurant: Eateries in Trump properties also dinged for violations," 5 July 2018 The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Napa’s Red Hen dealing with backlash of POTUS tweet that targeted Virginia restaurant," 28 June 2018 Leading the troubling list is Pasquotank Correctional Institution, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the Oct. 12 breakout attempt. Fox News, "Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt," 23 Apr. 2018 Leading the official list of assaults is the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the fatal breakout attempt there on Oct. 12. charlotteobserver, "Since escape attempt, dozens of NC prisons workers have missed work after assaults | Charlotte Observer," 23 Apr. 2018 Leading the official list of assaults is the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the fatal breakout attempt there on Oct. 12. Washington Post, "Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of badly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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badly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of badly

: in a bad manner

: very much : to a great degree

: severely or seriously

badly

adverb
bad·ly | \ˈbad-lē \
worse\ˈwərs \; worst\ˈwərst \

Kids Definition of badly

1 : in a bad manner He behaved badly.

2 : very much I badly wanted to win.

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