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badly

[bad-lee] /ˈbæd li/
adverb, worse, worst.
1.
in a defective, incorrect, or undesirable way:
The car runs badly.
2.
in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner:
a vague, badly written letter; He paints badly.
3.
unfavorably:
His neighbors spoke badly of him. The weather turned out badly for the cruise.
4.
in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.
5.
in a disobedient, naughty, or ethically or socially wrong way:
He treats his parents badly.
6.
very much; to a great extent or degree:
a house badly in need of repair; to want something badly.
7.
severely; direly:
to be injured badly.
8.
with great distress, resentment, regret, or emotional display:
She took the news of her mother's death badly.
adjective
9.
in ill health; sick:
He felt badly.
10.
sorry; regretful:
I feel badly about your reaction to my remark.
11.
dejected; downcast.
Idioms
12.
badly off. bad (def 47).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English baddeli. See bad1, -ly
Can be confused
bad, badly (see usage note at bad; see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
In the sense “very much,” badly is fully standard: He needs help badly. See also bad.
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Examples for badly
  • It is a certain effort to read a story, however touching, that is disconnected and badly related.
  • It occurs in badly 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 badly.
  • Any corporation which seeks its profit in such fashion is acting badly.
  • Many small stinging bees were with them, which stung badly.
  • If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
  • The metaphor of the perfect storm is badly overworked.
  • New initiatives to rein in costs and increase revenue are badly needed.
  • When males get together in groups, they often act badly.
  • There are a zillion good ways to start a book well, and even more ways to do it badly.
British Dictionary definitions for badly

badly

/ˈbædlɪ/
adverb worse, worst
1.
poorly; defectively; inadequately the chair is badly made
2.
unfavourably; unsuccessfully; unfortunately our scheme worked out badly
3.
severely; gravely he was badly hurt
4.
incorrectly or inaccurately to speak German badly
5.
improperly; naughtily; wickedly to behave badly
6.
without humanity; cruelly to treat someone badly
7.
very much (esp in the phrases need badly, badly in need of, want badly)
8.
regretfully he felt badly about it
9.
badly off, poor; impoverished
adjective
10.
(postpositive) (Northern English, dialect) ill; poorly
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Word Origin and History for badly
adv.

c.1300, "unluckily;" late 14c., "wickedly, evilly; poorly, inadequately," from bad + -ly (2).

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