Definition of badly in English:

badly

adverb

  • 1In an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unsuccessful way.

    ‘England have played badly this year’
    ‘the war was going badly’
    • ‘It was a decision which Yorkshire lived to regret because they bowled badly and then suffered a batting collapse as Northants pulled off a shock win.’
    • ‘Minerva is used to researchers describing the studies in a meta-analysis as poor, inadequate, or badly reported.’
    • ‘The French war was going badly, and royal finances were in an unsatisfactory state.’
    • ‘People may lose a war or a struggle, or be badly led or poorly advised, but they must not be humiliated, or treated as alien or less than human.’
    • ‘Parking in Devizes is inadequate, badly organised and is driving people to other towns where parking is free and easier to find.’
    • ‘Both nurses and doctors are working under intense pressure in a service that has been appallingly under-resourced and badly managed.’
    • ‘This is a film so badly made it manages to be as mind-numbingly boring as it is insensitive.’
    • ‘Either that, or the Board was being managed very badly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, however badly we have managed things up to now, there is still no doubt in my mind that the answer is not no management at all but better management.’
    • ‘The system was so badly managed that an ongoing feud between the superintendent of schools and the elected school board resulted in the threat of a state takeover.’
    • ‘I would add that the information for passengers is totally inadequate and badly displayed.’
    • ‘If it is badly designed and managed, it can expose the employer to additional expense.’
    • ‘An understanding of marriage as ‘a committed relationship’ is badly inadequate.’
    • ‘Managing your money badly may blacklist you not only from credit, but from work.’
    • ‘It is inexperienced, badly briefed, poorly trained, unintelligent, unreliable and simply not up to the task.’
    • ‘When markets grow rapidly, they cover a multitude of sins and it is pretty hard - although not impossible - for even a poorly managed company to do badly.’
    • ‘However, the reason it is truly grim is because it is badly sung (often woefully out of tune), poorly produced, and mixed in a food blender.’
    • ‘High-profile cases have highlighted the business risks inherent in badly or inadequately implemented IT projects.’
    • ‘Vicky was not so fortunate, however, having chosen badly - and instantly regretting it.’
    poorly, incompetently, ineptly, inexpertly, inefficiently, imperfectly, deficiently, defectively, unsatisfactorily, inadequately, incorrectly, faultily, shoddily, amateurishly, carelessly, negligently
    unsuccessfully, unfavourably, adversely, unfortunately, unhappily, unluckily
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    1. 1.1 In a critical or unfavourable way.
      ‘try not to think badly of me’
      • ‘If staff members react badly to criticism and become upset, the manager should suggest a short break or offer to resume the meeting at a later date.’
      • ‘And I think you react incredibly badly to criticism.’
      • ‘He was a man with a direct way of dealing with people and he took badly any criticism of his style of leadership.’
      • ‘And it has been received rather badly by some critics - how do you feel about that?’
      • ‘And even if they are, I don't think they reflect that badly on their speakers.’
      • ‘Everyone responds badly to negative criticism, nagging and complaining.’
      • ‘These projects reflect very badly on the owners and developers of these sites, their consultants and engineers, as well as on the Council.’
      • ‘Insults reflect badly not just on the author, but to others whom readers associate with the author.’
      • ‘Gros's last picture, Hercules and Diomedes, a tribute to David, was very badly received by the critics.’
      • ‘I will promise here and now though that anything I write at 3am on a Saturday morning will stay, however badly it reflects on me.’
      • ‘Well, first of all, let me say that the actions of a few have reflected very, very badly on many of us, myself included.’
      • ‘Given the outlook for 2005 this may prove to be a badly timed decision.’
      • ‘Clearly there are occasions on which artists have strong grounds for feeling badly treated by critics.’
      • ‘I take criticism very badly, and when I think it is not deserved it sends me into a state of fear and depression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She believes this reflects badly not only on the workers but those that use the service.’
      • ‘He was a very prickly person and took criticism badly, it took all Halley's skills in diplomacy to nurse the Principia to publication.’
      • ‘Fortunately it isn't reflecting that badly on my mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, in Italy, fashion disasters reflect as badly on the seller as they do on the buyer.’
      unfavourably, ill, critically, with disapproval, with disfavour
      severely, seriously, gravely, greatly, grievously, acutely, critically, dangerously
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    2. 1.2 In an unacceptable or unpleasant way.
      ‘she realized she was behaving rather badly’
      • ‘The animals aren't badly treated and no one enjoys inflicting pain.’
      • ‘And more than one-in-four children who took part in the survey also said they worried about being badly treated at home, even if they were confiding their worries to parents.’
      • ‘But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved and how badly she treated all his guests.’
      • ‘It is not only the bank robbers who treat the victims badly.’
      • ‘If there is a case when someone is treated badly at work, then they can either gain satisfaction through their company's disciplinary policy, or they go to an Industrial Tribunal.’
      • ‘But feeling really rather badly treated by the staff I decided to resign from the Social Committee.’
      • ‘In subsequently discussing my experience with others, I discovered I was not alone in my being treated very badly by the people at Morris.’
      • ‘Animal cruelty inspectors found the two dogs had been so badly treated they weighed just half of what they should have been.’
      • ‘He said if you are good you get a lovely life after death and if you behave badly and wrongly you get a horrible life after death.’
      • ‘But Brad was besotted, and no matter how badly he was treated, kept coming back for more - until, eventually, something snapped.’
      • ‘Still feeling guilty about a badly handled breakup or about not contributing to an office colleague's fund-raiser?’
      • ‘‘I and my family have been very badly treated by sections of the media and I don't wish to comment any further,’ she said.’
      • ‘He decided to give riding lessons when he discovered how badly animals were being treated in Soweto, especially by children.’
      • ‘Chicken, sheep and other animals raised in farms are treated badly.’
      • ‘It gives them an excuse to treat the hostages badly, and God knows it's bad enough just to be taken hostage and to be confined in some filthy room and maybe blindfolded.’
      • ‘While being kind to animals sometimes springs from having a gentle heart, it can also stem from a fear of being punished if animals are treated badly.’
      • ‘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 barely a week later during May Day celebrations, he said the government would seize land from white farmers who treated their workers badly.’
      • ‘Now, she was shocked by how badly some people treated her.’
      • ‘If the Army treats them badly, they will vote with their feet.’
      reprehensibly, naughtily, mischievously
      cruelly, wickedly, unkindly, harshly, shamefully
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  • 2Used to emphasize the seriousness of an unpleasant event or action.

    ‘the building was badly damaged by fire’
    • ‘The hospital's older buildings were badly damaged.’
    • ‘The building was left badly blackened and water damaged after the blaze and property including the bicycles and a bookcase full of hundreds of pounds worth of books was destroyed.’
    • ‘Not only does that stop development and investment; perhaps even more seriously, it badly damages race relations in this country.’
    • ‘Many of the windows had been long ago smashed out and the top floor seemed to be badly fire damaged.’
    • ‘Last year, the kitchen area of the building had to be replaced after it was badly damaged by a fire which was started deliberately.’
    • ‘Police described the scene as one of ‘mass destruction’ and said some buildings are so badly damaged that they may have to be demolished.’
    • ‘Several buildings were badly damaged and a number of vehicles were overturned.’
    • ‘A second building that was badly damaged in the blaze, was declared unsafe and is expected to be demolished as a result of the fire.’
    • ‘This, the oldest of Emei's monasteries, was badly damaged by fire in 1945 yet its most prized treasure survived unscathed.’
    • ‘Two pet dogs were killed and an historic building badly damaged in a fire at Castle Combe on the night of Wednesday 26 February.’
    • ‘It badly damaged the government building and destroyed several vehicles in the street outside.’
    • ‘The building was so badly damaged in the fire it will have to be demolished.’
    • ‘But he added that sum would only cover the expense of restoring the badly damaged listed building to its former glory.’
    • ‘The building had been badly damaged by an arson attack the previous year and a dangerous structures notice had been served by Hull City Council.’
    • ‘It had ignited, and caused a fire that badly damaged the kitchen.’
    • ‘Part of the main prayer room of the Masjid-E-Zaninabia mosque in Logwood Street was damaged by fire and badly smokelogged around 6pm yesterday.’
    • ‘A pre-school, which has been open for nearly 40 years, faces a desperate fight for survival after its building was badly damaged by flooding.’
    • ‘There were widespread fears throughout the town that the building was so badly damaged that it would have to be completely razed for public safety reasons.’
    • ‘One residential building was badly damaged; seven cars were destroyed.’
    • ‘A house in Longhope was badly damaged by fire on Sunday.’
    severely, gravely, critically, acutely, sorely, grievously, desperately, alarmingly, dangerously, perilously
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    1. 2.1 Very much or intensely.
      ‘I wanted a baby so badly’
      • ‘Years ago, a badly infected, painful tooth, was doomed to be extracted.’
      • ‘Once or twice he tried to dart inside, but something kept him from doing so, and he only manages to burn himself badly in several places.’
      • ‘It would have hurt Reid badly to criticise his team's performance; here is a manager who loves footballers.’
      • ‘It was really painful because it badly burned my skin and it made my breathing much worse.’
      • ‘Any parks footballer will tell you how painful that can be and I was badly winded which was why I went down.’
      • ‘India's electricity grid is clearly inadequate and badly needs upgrading.’
      • ‘After the break, Grange were creating a lot of chances but were guilty of badly missed chances, blazing the ball over the cross bar from six yards on one occasion.’
      • ‘I badly wanted to know and the suspense was intense.’
      • ‘Such memories of Artest are common in Chicago, and though the team badly misses his defensive intensity, it does not miss his shenanigans.’
      • ‘The pain deep inside my heart seemed to have intensified so badly, I felt as if it would kill me.’
      • ‘Has the immune system been badly weakened by over intensive exercise?’
      • ‘Hospitals around Washington took in dozens of casualties - several badly burned and in critical condition.’
      • ‘Over two years, it all added up to a mouth sensitive to hot and cold; a painful, badly infected tooth; and a first-ever cavity.’
      • ‘Layton and the NDP need Ontario badly yet he still managed to spend time in BC.’
      • ‘It was also funny because even though it probably didn't hurt her that badly, she still managed to get out of playing.’
      • ‘This reader and her husband are among the many who feel badly let down, and I greatly sympathise with them.’
      • ‘The French navy, painfully rebuilt in the 1770s and 1780s, suffered badly from the effects of the French Revolution.’
      • ‘Meanwhile a 15-year-old girl is still in intensive care after being badly hurt on the same stretch two weeks ago.’
      • ‘Seven of the Sioux were executed in the ensuing fusillade, and one badly wounded man managed to get away by hiding in the underbrush.’
      • ‘The author, like the sailor, could end up badly battered, or be greatly praised for his courage, skill and achievement.’
      very much, greatly, intensely, desperately, exceedingly, painfully, sorely
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  • 3In a guilty or regretful way.

    ‘I felt badly about my unfriendliness’
    • ‘Over the years, I felt badly that I didn't LOOK like the people that adopted me, then I felt badly that I didn't ACT like the people that were my biological parents.’
    • ‘We felt badly about our stock's performance last year.’
    • ‘I wanted him to say that he felt badly, felt horrible.’
    • ‘I felt badly for them having to do so much and having to be homeschooled’
    • ‘The strange thing is that no matter how badly you feel or how guilty at any given moment, time will go on like nothing’s happened.’
    • ‘I felt badly for him when the rest of us were gulping down the cheese but he did ok.’
    • ‘I felt badly about tying up the room for half an hour, but the volunteer staff said not to worry.’
    • ‘I think this is a good book because it's about two best friends and one has to go so the other one felt badly.’
    • ‘Some even find the knock on the door offensive and insensitive and I’ll be honest, I felt badly for bothering those folks.’

Phrases

  • badly off

    • At a disadvantage, especially by being poor.

      ‘they are not as badly off as they try to make out’
      ‘I'm not badly off—I have some money from my mother’
      • ‘Forcing more social security recipients to involuntarily seek employment would make some badly off people even worse off.’
      • ‘They could find that they might not be that badly off if the woman decided to stay at home and mind the children and do the housework herself.’
      • ‘So document-wise, I'm not too badly off, either.’
      • ‘We're not too badly off in the three-quarter line either.’
      • ‘They are not badly off now, but by 2016, there could be 800,000 camels in the Territory!’
      • ‘‘We tend to be critical of what we do and can do, but maybe results like this show we are not as badly off as we think,’ Duff said.’
      • ‘And Salvadore says there are others as badly off.’
      • ‘Consider first those people who are badly off: those who are suffering, or destitute, or those whose fundamental needs have not been met.’
      • ‘Council tax could rise by almost 15 per cent in Lewisham but residents will not be as badly off as other Londoners according to the council.’
      • ‘‘The fact is that Scotland is not nearly as badly off as other parts of the country when it comes to asylum,’ he says.’
      destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together
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Pronunciation

badly

/ˈbadli/