adverb, worse, worst.
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.
unfavorably: 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.
severely; direly: 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.
sorry; regretful: I feel badly about your reaction to my remark.
12. badly off. bad ( def 47 )
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English baddeli.
Can be confused: bad
(see usage note at bad
)(see usage note at the current entry).
In the sense “very much,” badly
is fully standard: He needs help badly.
See also bad