Definition of badly in English:


Syllabification: bad·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈbadlē

adverb (worse /wərs/, worst /wərst/)

  • 2To a great or serious degree; severely: the building was badly damaged by fire I wanted a baby so badly things had begun to go badly wrong
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    • 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.
    desperately, sorely, intensely, seriously, very much, greatly, exceedingly


[as complement] informal Back to top  
  • Guilty or regretful: I felt badly about my unfriendliness of the previous evening
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    • We felt badly about our stock's performance last year.
    • I wanted him to say that he felt badly, felt horrible.
    • I felt badly about tying up the room for half an hour, but the volunteer staff said not to worry.


badly off

In an unfavorable situation; at a disadvantage: with his pension benefits, he shouldn’t be too badly off she was a lot worse off before the divorce
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  • Consider first those people who are badly off: those who are suffering, or destitute, or those whose fundamental needs have not been met.
  • And Salvadore says there are others as badly off.
  • So document-wise, I'm not too badly off, either.


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