Definition of BADLY

Adverb : BADLY

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 3. (

    ) evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very 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" ;

  • 9. (

    ) unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern" ;

  • 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" ;


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