badly (adv.)

c. 1300, "unluckily;" late 14c., "wickedly, evilly; poorly, inadequately," from bad (adj.) + -ly (2). By 1814 as "incorrectly;" the meaning "very much" is by 1849, American English.

updated on October 02, 2022

Definitions of badly from WordNet

badly (adv.)
to a severe or serious degree;
badly injured
fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated
Synonyms: severely / gravely / seriously
badly (adv.)
(`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well;
he performed badly on the exam
the car runs badly
Synonyms: ill / poorly
badly (adv.)
evilly or wickedly;
to steal is to act badly
treated his parents badly
badly (adv.)
in a disobedient or naughty way;
he behaved badly in school
Synonyms: mischievously / naughtily
badly (adv.)
without skill or in a displeasing manner;
she writes badly
I think he paints very badly
badly (adv.)
in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage;
the venture turned out badly for the investors
Synonyms: disadvantageously
badly (adv.)
unfavorably or with disapproval;
thought badly of him for his lack of concern
Synonyms: ill
badly (adv.)
with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display;
took her father's death badly
they took their defeat badly
conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake
badly (adv.)
with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly');
the injury hurt badly
the buildings were badly shaken
Synonyms: bad
badly (adv.)
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
Synonyms: bad
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