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

Examples of badly in a Sentence

  1. He played badly but I played even worse.

  2. The failure reflects badly on the administration.

  3. She wanted the job badly.

  4. I'm badly in need of a vacation.

  5. His fingers were badly frozen.

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First Known Use of badly

14th century



BADLY Defined for English Language Learners

badly

adverb

Definition of badly for English Language Learners

  • : in a bad manner

  • : very much : to a great degree

  • : severely or seriously


BADLY Defined for Kids

badly

adverb bad·ly \ ˈbad-lē \

Definition of badly for Students

worse \ˈwərs\; worst \ˈwərst\
1 :in a bad manner He behaved badly.
2 :very much
  • I badly wanted to win.


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