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English adverb: badly

1. badly to a severe or serious degree

SamplesFingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated.
Badly injured.
A severely impaired heart.
Is gravely ill.
Was seriously ill.

Synonymsgravely, seriously, severely

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

SamplesHe was ill prepared.
It ill befits a man to betray old friends.
The car runs badly.
He performed badly on the exam.
The team played poorly.
Ill-fitting clothes.
An ill-conceived plan.

Synonymsill, poorly

Domain usagecombining form

Antonymsgood, well

3. badly evilly or wickedly

SamplesTreated his parents badly.
To steal is to act badly.

4. badly in a disobedient or naughty way

SamplesHe behaved badly in school.
He mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister.
Behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room.

Synonymsmischievously, naughtily

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

SamplesThe injury hurt badly.
The buildings were badly shaken.
It hurts bad.
We need water bad.


6. badly very much; strongly

SamplesI wanted it badly enough to work hard for it.
The cables had sagged badly.
They were badly in need of help.
He wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it.


7. badly without skill or in a displeasing manner

SamplesShe writes badly.
I think he paints very badly.


8. badly in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage

SamplesThe venture turned out badly for the investors.
Angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them.


Antonymsadvantageously, well

9. badly unfavorably or with disapproval

SamplesTried not to speak ill of the dead.
Thought badly of him for his lack of concern.



10. badly with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display

SamplesThey took their defeat badly.
Took her father's death badly.
Conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake.


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