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  Definition of badly
  1. (`ill'' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; "he 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
  2. with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; "they took their defeat badly"; "took her father''s death badly"; "conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake"
  3. unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
  4. in a disadvantageous way; to someone''s disadvantage; "the venture turned out badly for the investors"; "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"
  5. without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly"
  6. to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"
  7. very much; strongly; "I 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"
  8. with great intensity (`bad'' is a nonstandard variant for `badly''); "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"
  9. in a disobedient or naughty way; "he 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"
  10. evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act badly"
Similar Words: ill, poorly, disadvantageously, severely, gravely, seriously, bad, mischievously, naughtily

 

Pertainyms: mediocre, poor, second-rate, unfavorable, disadvantageous, harmful, dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening, terrible, wicked, bad, big, mischievous, naughty, immoral

 

Anagrams: baldy

 

 
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