badly

[ bad-lee ]
/ ˈbæd li /

adverb, worse, worst.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. badigeon,
  2. badinage,
  3. badinerie,
  4. badlands,
  5. badlands national park,
  6. badly off,
  7. badman,
  8. badmash,
  9. badminton,
  10. badness

Idioms

    badly off. bad1(def 41).

Origin of badly

First recorded in 1350–1400, badly is from the Middle English word baddeli. See bad1, -ly

Can be confusedbad badly (see usage note at bad1) (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

In the sense “very much,” badly is fully standard: He needs help badly.

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British Dictionary definitions for badly

badly

/ (ˈbædlɪ) /

adverb worse or worst

adjective

(postpositive) Northern English dialect ill; poorly
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Word Origin and History for badly

badly

adv.

c.1300, "unluckily;" late 14c., "wickedly, evilly; poorly, inadequately," from bad + -ly (2).

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