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Badly - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Badly' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Badly [ adv.]
- In a bad manner; poorly; not well; unskillfully; imperfectly; unfortunately; grievously; so as to cause harm; disagreeably; seriously.

Meaning of 'Badly' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . badly [ r]
Meaning (1):
- to a severe or serious degree
Example in sentence:
  • a severely impaired heart;
  • badly injured;
  • fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated;
  • is gravely ill;
  • was seriously ill
Meaning (2):
- (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
Example in sentence:
  • an ill-conceived plan;
  • he performed badly on the exam;
  • he was ill prepared;
  • ill-fitting clothes;
  • it ill befits a man to betray old friends;
  • the car runs badly;
  • the team played poorly
Meaning (3):
- in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage
Example in sentence:
  • angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them;
  • the venture turned out badly for the investors
Meaning (4):
- in a disobedient or naughty way
Example in sentence:
  • behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room;
  • he behaved badly in school;
  • he mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister
Meaning (5):
- with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display
Example in sentence:
  • conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake;
  • they took their defeat badly;
  • took her father's death badly
Meaning (6):
- very much; strongly
Example in sentence:
  • he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it;
  • I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it;
  • the cables had sagged badly;
  • they were badly in need of help
Meaning (7):
- without skill or in a displeasing manner
Example in sentence:
  • I think he paints very badly;
  • she writes badly
Meaning (8):
- with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
Example in sentence:
  • it hurts bad;
  • the buildings were badly shaken;
  • the injury hurt badly;
  • we need water bad
Meaning (9):
- unfavorably or with disapproval
Example in sentence:
  • thought badly of him for his lack of concern;
  • tried not to speak ill of the dead
Meaning (10):
- evilly or wickedly
Example in sentence:
  • to steal is to act badly;
  • treated his parents badly