adverb (worse /wərs/, worst /wərst/)
- 1In an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unsuccessful way: a badly managed company the war was going badlyMore example sentences
poorly, incompetently, ineptly, inexpertly, inefficiently, imperfectly, deficiently, defectively, unsatisfactorily, inadequately, incorrectly, faultily, shoddily, amateurishly, carelessly, negligently; abominablyunsuccessfully, unfavorably, adversely, unfortunately, unhappily, unluckily
- 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.
- 1.1In an unfavorable way: try not to think badly of meMore 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.
- 1.2In an unacceptable or unpleasant way: she realized she was behaving rather badlyMore 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.
- 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 wrongMore 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.
adjective[as complement] • informal Back to top
- Guilty or regretful: I felt badly about my unfriendliness of the previous eveningMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 divorceMore example sentences
- 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.
See bad (usage).