badly Definition

  • 1in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unsuccessful way
  • 2to a great degree; very much

Using badly: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "badly" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She performed badly in the exam.

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    The company is badly managed.

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    I need to go to the dentist badly.

  • Example

    He wanted to win badly.

badly Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with badly

  • to feel guilty or ashamed


    I feel badly about what I said to her.

  • in a poor financial situation


    After losing his job, he was badly off.

  • badly hit/affected/damaged

    suffering greatly from something such as an illness, injury, or disaster


    The town was badly hit by the hurricane.


Summary: badly in Brief

The adverb 'badly' [ˈbædli] describes something that is done in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unsuccessful way. It can also mean to a great degree or very much, as in 'He wanted to win badly.' 'Badly' is used in phrases like 'feel badly,' which means to feel guilty or ashamed, and 'badly off,' which means in a poor financial situation.

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