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badly

[ bad-lee ]
/ ˈbæd li /
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adverb, worse, worst.
adjective
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Idioms about badly

    badly off. bad1 (def. 41).

Origin of badly

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English baddeli, baddeliche, badli(che) “wickedly, evilly, poorly”; see origin at bad1, -ly

usage note for badly

In the sense “very much,” badly is fully standard: He needs help badly. See also bad1.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH badly

bad, badly (see usage note at the current entry)
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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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