Definition of Badly

1. Adverb. To a severe or serious degree. "Was seriously ill"

Exact synonyms: Gravely, Seriously, Severely
Partainyms: Grave, Serious, Severe

2. Adverb. ('ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well. "An ill-conceived plan"
Exact synonyms: Ill, Poorly
Language type: Combining Form
Antonyms: Well
Partainyms: Poor

3. Adverb. Evilly or wickedly. "To steal is to act badly"
Partainyms: Bad

4. Adverb. In a disobedient or naughty way. "Behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room"
Exact synonyms: Mischievously, Naughtily
Partainyms: Naughty

5. Adverb. With great intensity ('bad' is a nonstandard variant for 'badly'). "We need water bad"
Exact synonyms: Bad
Partainyms: Bad

6. Adverb. Very much; strongly. "He wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"
Exact synonyms: Bad

7. Adverb. Without skill or in a displeasing manner. "I think he paints very badly"
Antonyms: Well

8. Adverb. In a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage. "Angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"
Exact synonyms: Disadvantageously
Antonyms: Well, Advantageously
Partainyms: Disadvantageous

9. Adverb. Unfavorably or with disapproval. "Thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
Exact synonyms: Ill
Partainyms: Unfavorable
Antonyms: Well

10. Adverb. With unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display. "Conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake"
Antonyms: Well

Definition of Badly

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

Definition of Badly

1. Adjective. (Northern England) ill, unwell ¹

2. Adverb. In a bad manner. ¹

3. Adverb. Very much; to a great degree. ¹

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Definition of Badly

1. in a bad manner [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Badly

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Literary usage of Badly

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1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"Fredrika says herself, " I walked badly, sat badly, stood badly, curtsied badly ... If we had walked badly, we had to go back again to the door to renew our ..."

2. Shirley: A Tale by Charlotte Brontë (1850)
"... being only of common flesh and blood, like us all; but the land would be badly off without them: Britain would miss her church, if that church fell. ..."

3. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"... beyond doubt the growing horror in which the working-people hold the slavery of the workhouse, that place of punishment for misery.1 (i). The badly paid ..."

4. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"Have resort to primary motors, which are not always the highest but more often the lowest part of his nature : there are more dispositions badly organised ..."

5. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (1920)
"He beat me badly. He's so strong, isn't he!" "Poor boy, just crazy to get into the war, too, but This Erik Valborg was along, wa'n't he?" "Yes. ..."

6. The Lancet (1842)
"ud digestion, the most essential to the harmony and support of the constitution, it, to a considerable extent, interrupted, or badly performed. ..."

7. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1916)
"badly infested trees should be taken out and burned, either during the winter or before July 1 of the following season. Nursery trees infested by this ..."

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