[ bad-lee ]
/ ˈbæd li /

adverb, worse, worst.



    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 confused

bad 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for badly


/ (ˈbædlɪ) /

adverb worse or worst


(postpositive) Northern English dialect ill; poorly
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