adjective (worse /wərs/; worst /wərst/)
adverbNorth American informal
- see end.
Middle English: perhaps representing Old English bǣddel 'hermaphrodite, womanish man'
Confusion in the use of bad versus badly usually has to do with verbs called copulas, such as feel or seem. Thus, standard usage calls for I feel bad, not I feel badly. As a precise speaker or writer would explain, I feel badly means ‘I do not have a good sense of touch.’ See also good (usage).