Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /ˈbædli/

Translation of badly in Spanish:

adverb/adverbio (comparative/comparativo worse superlative/superlativo, worst)

  • 1 (poorly) [write/play/sing] mal badly explained/organized mal explicado/organizado to do badly our team did badly a nuestro equipo le fue mal the pound did badly against the dollar la libra bajó bastante respecto al dólar we're not doing badly vamos bastante bien the firm did badly out of the deal la empresa salió mal parada del trato or se perjudicó con el trato
  • 2 (unfavorably) [start/end] mal the play was badly received la obra fue mal recibida the interview went badly for him le fue mal en la entrevista
    Example sentences
    • Both nurses and doctors are working under intense pressure in a service that has been appallingly under-resourced and badly managed.
    • That leader must be bold enough to say that devolution is working badly because it is inadequate, that the denial of fiscal autonomy makes for irresponsible and incompetent government.
    • Parking in Devizes is inadequate, badly organised and is driving people to other towns where parking is free and easier to find.
    Example sentences
    • Yes, some criticism is misplaced and should be rejected, but this isn't always the case even with criticism that is badly or rudely phrased.
    • I take criticism very badly, and when I think it is not deserved it sends me into a state of fear and depression.
    • It reflects very badly on NSW Police service and it's no wonder residents no longer give information to police because complaints are not acted on.
  • 3 (improperly) [behave/treat] mal
    Example sentences
    • But feeling really rather badly treated by the staff I decided to resign from the Social Committee.
    • While we were eating, one of the children - a boy aged about seven - behaved rather badly, and this brought a stern rebuke from his father.
    • But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved and how badly she treated all his guests.
  • 4 (intensely, severely) (as intensifier/como palabra enfática) [fail] miserablemente, estrepitosamente he was badly injured resultó gravemente herido, resultó herido de gravedad a badly scratched record un disco muy or terriblemente rayado you're badly mistaken estás muy equivocado I miss her badly la echo muchísimo de menos you badly need a haircut te hace mucha falta cortarte el pelo they badly wanted a home of their own estaban desesperados por tener su propia casa
    Example sentences
    • Two pet dogs were killed and an historic building badly damaged in a fire at Castle Combe on the night of Wednesday 26 February.
    • The building was so badly damaged in the fire it will have to be demolished.
    • Not only does that stop development and investment; perhaps even more seriously, it badly damages race relations in this country.
    Example sentences
    • Meanwhile a 15-year-old girl is still in intensive care after being badly hurt on the same stretch two weeks ago.
    • Such memories of Artest are common in Chicago, and though the team badly misses his defensive intensity, it does not miss his shenanigans.
    • Has the immune system been badly weakened by over intensive exercise?

Definition of badly in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day repecho
steep slope …
Cultural fact of the day

The language of the Basque Country and Navarre is euskera, spoken by around 750,000 people; in Spanish vasco or vascuence. It is also spelled euskara. Basque is unrelated to the Indo-European languages and its origins are unclear. Like Spain's other regional languages, Basque was banned under Franco. With the return of democracy, it became an official language alongside Spanish, in the regions where it is spoken. It is a compulsory school subject and is required for many official and administrative posts in the Basque Country. There is Basque language television and radio and a considerable number of books are published in Basque. See also lenguas cooficiales