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in a defective, incorrect, or undesirable way:
The car runs badly.
in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner:
a vague, badly written letter; He paints badly.
His neighbors spoke badly of him. The weather turned out badly for the cruise.
in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.
in a disobedient, naughty, or ethically or socially wrong way:
He treats his parents badly.
very much; to a great extent or degree:
a house badly in need of repair; to want something badly.
to be injured badly.
with great distress, resentment, regret, or emotional display:
She took the news of her mother's death badly.
in ill health; sick:
He felt badly.
I feel badly about your reaction to my remark.
Can be confused
(see usage note at
; see usage note at the current entry)
In the sense “very much,”
is fully standard:
He needs help badly.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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It is a certain effort to read a story, however touching, that is disconnected and
It occurs in
nourished people, or in those who have become emaciated from any cause.
They were in many ways well treated, but they were never treated as equals, and they were sometimes treated
Any corporation which seeks its profit in such fashion is acting
Many small stinging bees were with them, which stung
If matters go
now, they will not always be so.
The metaphor of the perfect storm is
New initiatives to rein in costs and increase revenue are
When males get together in groups, they often act
There are a zillion good ways to start a book well, and even more ways to do it
British Dictionary definitions for
poorly; defectively; inadequately
the chair is badly made
unfavourably; unsuccessfully; unfortunately
our scheme worked out badly
he was badly hurt
incorrectly or inaccurately
to speak German badly
improperly; naughtily; wickedly
to behave badly
without humanity; cruelly
to treat someone badly
very much (esp in the phrases
badly in need of
he felt badly about it
) ill; poorly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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If the elders have no values, their children and grandchildren will turn out badly.
Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
Treat your wife badly and you'll live a life of poverty.