Bad·ly, adv. In a bad manner; poorly; not well; unskillfully; imperfectly; unfortunately; grievously; so as to cause harm; disagreeably; seriously.
Note: ☞ Badly is often used colloquially for very much or very greatly, with words signifying to want or need.
adv 1: 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"
[syn: severely, gravely, seriously]
2: (`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-fitting clothes"; "an
ill-conceived plan" [syn: ill, poorly] [ant: well]
3: evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly"; "to steal
is to act badly"
4: 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" [syn: mischievously, naughtily]
5: 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" [syn: bad]
6: 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" [syn: bad]
7: without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes
badly"; "I think he paints very badly" [ant: well]
8: 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" [syn: disadvantageously]
[ant: well, well]
9: unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of
the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
[syn: ill] [ant: well]
10: 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" [ant: well]