(adjective, adverb)


1. (Northern England) Ill, unwell.

- He's never badly. (He's never ill.)


1. to a severe or serious degree

- fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated

- badly injured

Similar word(s): gravely, seriously, severely

2. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well

- the car runs badly

- he performed badly on the exam

Similar word(s): ill, poorly

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

Similar word(s): mischievously, naughtily

5. with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')

- the injury hurt badly

- the buildings were badly shaken

Similar word(s): 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

Similar word(s): bad

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

Similar word(s): disadvantageously

9. unfavorably or with disapproval

- thought badly of him for his lack of concern

Similar word(s): ill

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

Sentences with badly as an adverb:

- I want it so badly.