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adv. worse (wûrs), worst (wûrst)
1. In a bad manner.
2. Very much; greatly. See Usage Note at bad1.
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adv, worse or worst
1. poorly; defectively; inadequately: the chair is badly made.
2. unfavourably; unsuccessfully; unfortunately: our scheme worked out badly.
3. severely; gravely: he was badly hurt.
4. incorrectly or inaccurately: to speak German badly.
5. improperly; naughtily; wickedly: to behave badly.
6. without humanity; cruelly: to treat someone badly.
7. very much (esp in the phrases need badly, badly in need of, want badly)
8. regretfully: he felt badly about it.
9. badly off poor; impoverished
(postpositive) dialect Northern English ill; poorly
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(ˈbæd li)

adv. worse, worst,
adj. adv.
1. in a defective or incorrect way.
2. in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner.
3. unfavorably: She spoke badly of him.
4. in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.
5. in a naughty or socially wrong way.
6. very much; to a great extent or degree: to want something badly.
7. severely; direly: to be injured badly.
8. with great distress or emotional display: She took the news badly.
9. in ill health; sick: He felt badly.
10. sorry; regretful: I feel badly about your loss.
11. dejected; downcast.
usage: In the sense “very much,” badly is fully standard: He needs help badly. See also bad1.
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1. 'bad'

Something that is bad is unpleasant, harmful, or undesirable.

I have some very bad news.
Sugar is bad for your teeth.

The comparative and superlative forms of bad are worse and worst.

Her grades are getting worse and worse.
This is the worst day of my life.
2. 'badly'

Don't use 'bad' as an adverb. Don't say, for example, 'They did bad in the elections'. You say 'They did badly in the elections'.

I cut myself badly.
The room was so badly lit I couldn't see what I was doing.

When badly is used like this, its comparative and superlative forms are worse and worst.

We played worse than in our previous match.
The south of England was the worst affected area.

Badly has another different meaning. If you need or want something badly, you need or want it very much.

I want this job so badly.
We badly need the money.
I am badly in need of advice.

For this meaning of badly, don't use the comparative and superlative forms 'worse' and 'worst'. Instead you use the forms more badly and most badly.

She wanted to see him more badly than ever.
Basketball is the sport that most badly needs new players.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.badly - to a severe or serious degreebadly - to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"
2.badly - (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory mannerbadly - (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; "he was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "the car runs badly"; "he performed badly on the exam"; "the team played poorly"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan"
combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"
3.badly - evilly or wickedlybadly - evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act badly"
4.badly - in a disobedient or naughty waybadly - in a disobedient or naughty way; "he behaved badly in school"; "he mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister"; "behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room"
5.badly - with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')badly - with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"
6.badly - very much; strongly; "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"
7.badly - without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly"
well - with skill or in a pleasing manner; "she dances well"; "he writes well"
8.badly - in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage; "the venture turned out badly for the investors"; "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"
advantageously, well - in a manner affording benefit or advantage; "she married well"; "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"
9.badly - unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
10.badly - with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional displaybadly - with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; "they took their defeat badly"; "took her father's death badly"; "conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake"
well - without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor; "took the joke well"; "took the tragic news well"
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4. unfavourably, unsuccessfully The male sex comes out of the film very badly.
5. poorly, meanly, inadequately, insufficiently, unsatisfactorily You may have to work part-time, in a badly paid job with unsociable hours.
6. mischievously, perversely, wickedly, playfully, annoyingly, impishly, exasperatingly, naughtily, waywardly, disobediently Children who behave badly need help, not criticism.
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بِصورةٍ سَيّئـهبِصورةٍ كبيرةٍعَلَى نَحْو سَيَّء
dårligtdårligt stilletrig
illametamjög, illilegavel/illa staddur
adamakıllıçokçok fazlafakir/zenginfena
một cách tồi tệ


[ˈbædlɪ] ADV
1. (= poorly) → mal
he did badly in his examslos exámenes le fueron mal
things are going badlylas cosas van mal
we came off badly in the dealsalimos mal parados del negocio
badly made/written/designedmal hecho/escrito/diseñado
to sleep badlydormir mal
see also pay B1
2. (= seriously, severely) → gravemente
he was badly injuredestaba gravemente herido
they were badly beaten (in contest) → sufrieron una seria derrota; (physically) → les dieron una paliza tremenda
to be badly mistakenestar muy equivocado
it was a gamble that went badly wrongse corría un riesgo y salió muy mal
the building was badly damaged in the explosionen la explosión el edificio resultó muy dañado
3. (= unfavourably) to speak/think badly of sbhablar/pensar mal de algn
to reflect badly on sbdejar mal a algn
"how did he take it?" - "badly"-¿qué tal se lo tomó? -fatal
4. (= wrongly) to treat sb badlytratar mal a algn
to behave badlyportarse mal
5. (= very much) [want, need] badly-needed medical suppliesmedicamentos mpl que se necesitan desesperadamente
it badly needs paintinghace mucha falta pintarlo
he badly needs helpnecesita ayuda a toda costa
they badly wanted a childestaban desesperados por tener un niño
we badly need another assistantnos hace muchísima falta otro ayudante
6. to be badly off (= poor) → andar or estar mal de dinero
we are badly off for coalandamos mal de carbón
you're not that badly off, you only have to work 20 hours a weekno estás tan mal, sólo tienes que trabajar 20 horas por semana
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(= poorly) [work, dress, perform] → mal; [behave] → mal
badly paid → mal payé(e)
things are going badly → les choses vont mal
to think badly of sb/sth → avoir une mauvaise opinion de qn/qch
to reflect badly on sb/sth → donner une mauvaise image de qn/qch
(= seriously) [damage, injure] → gravement; [suffer] → beaucoup
badly wounded → grièvement blessé(e)
to be badly affected by sth [country, region] [+ floods, drought, damage] → être gravement touché(e) par qch; [person] [+ shock, bereavement] → être très affecté(e) par qch
(= urgently) to need sth badly → avoir sérieusement besoin de qch
He needs the money badly → Il a sérieusement besoin de cet argent.
He needs it badly → Il en a sérieusement besoin.
BUT Il en a absolument besoin.
He badly needs a rest → Il a sérieusement besoin de se reposer.
to want sth badly → vouloir absolument qch, vouloir qch à tout prix
Why do you want to leave so badly?
BUT Pourquoi veux-tu tant partir?.badly off bad off (US) adj
(in general) to be badly off → être à plaindre
They are not too badly off → Ils ne sont pas trop à plaindre.
There are people much worse off than me → Il y a des gens qui sont beaucoup plus à plaindre que moi.
(financially)pauvrebad-mannered [ˌbædˈmænərd] adjmal élevé(e)
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schlecht; to do badly (in election, exam etc) → schlecht abschneiden; (Fin) → schlecht stehen; (Comm) → schlecht gehen; to go badlyschlecht laufen; to be badly offschlecht dran sein
wounded, mistakenschwer; badly beaten (Sport) → vernichtend geschlagen; personschwer or schlimm verprügelt; the badly disableddie Schwerstbeschädigten
(= very much)sehr; in debt, overdrawnhoch; to want something badlyetw unbedingt wollen; I need it badlyich brauche es dringend; he badly needs or wants a haircuter muss dringend zum Friseur
(= unfavourably) to reflect badly on somebodyein schlechtes Licht auf jdn werfen; to think badly of somebodyschlecht von jdm denken
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[ˈbædlɪ] adv (worse (comp) (worst (superl)))
a. (work, dress) → male
a badly behaved child → un(a) bambino/a maleducato/a
things are going badly → le cose vanno male
to treat sb badly → trattar male qn
b. (seriously, wounded) → gravemente
badly hurt → gravemente ferito/a
c. (very much) I need it badlyne ho assolutamente bisogno
I want it badly → lo voglio ad ogni costo
it badly needs painting → ha proprio bisogno di una mano di vernice
he needs help badly → ha urgente bisogno di aiuto
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(bӕd) comparative worse (wəːs) : superlative worst (wəːst) adjective
1. not good; not efficient. He is a bad driver; His eyesight is bad; They are bad at tennis (= they play tennis badly).
2. wicked; immoral. a bad man; He has done some bad things.
3. unpleasant. bad news.
4. rotten. This meat is bad.
5. causing harm or injury. Smoking is bad for your health.
6. (of a part of the body) painful, or in a weak state. She has a bad heart; I have a bad head (= headache) today.
7. unwell. I am feeling quite bad today.
8. serious or severe. a bad accident; a bad mistake.
9. (of a debt) not likely to be paid. The firm loses money every year from bad debts.
ˈbadlycomparative worse: superlative worst - adverb
1. not well, efficiently or satisfactorily. He plays tennis very badly.
2. to a serious or severe extent. He badly needs a haircut; The dress is badly stained.
ˈbadness noun
badly off
not having much especially money. We can't go on holiday – we are too badly off.
feel bad (about something)
to feel upset or ashamed about something. I feel bad about forgetting to telephone you.
go from bad to worse
to get into an even worse condition etc than before. Things are going from bad to worse for the firm – not only are we losing money but there's going to be a strike as well.
not bad
quite good. `Is she a good swimmer?' `She's not bad.'
too bad
unfortunate. It's too bad that he has left.


(of) adverb
1. away (from a place, time etc). He walked off; She cut her hair off; The holidays are only a week off; She took off her coat.
2. not working; not giving power etc. The water's off; Switch off the light.
3. not at work. He's taking tomorrow off; He's off today.
4. completely. Finish off your work.
5. not as good as usual, or as it should be. His work has gone off recently
6. (of food) rotten. This milk has gone off – we can't drink it; (also adjective) That meat is certainly off.
7. out of a vehicle, train etc. The bus stopped and we got off.
8. cancelled. The marriage is off.
1. away from; down from. It fell off the table; a mile off the coast; He cut about five centimetres off my hair.
2. not wanting or allowed to have (food etc). The child is off his food.
3. out of (a vehicle, train etc). We got off the bus.
ˌoff-ˈchance noun
a slight chance. We waited, on the off-chance (that) he might come.
ˌoff-ˈcolour , (American) ˌoff-ˈcolor adjective
not very well. She's a bit off-colour this morning.
ˌoffˈhand adjective
acting or speaking so casually that one is being rude. offhand behaviour.
without thinking about something first. I can't tell you the answer offhand.
ˌoffˈhandedly adverb
ˌoffˈhandedness noun
ˌoffˈshore adjective
1. in or on the sea, not far from the coast. offshore oil-wells.
2. (of winds) blowing away from the coast, out to sea.
ˌoffˈside adverb
(in football, hockey etc) in a position (not allowed by the rules) between the ball and the opponents' goal. The referee disallowed the goal because one of the players was offside.
(of a vehicle etc) on the side nearest to the centre of the road. the front offside wheel.
ˌoff-ˈwhite adjective
not quite white, eg slightly yellow etc. an off-white dress.
badly, well off
poor, rich. The family was quite well off.
be off with you!
go away!.
in the offing
about to happen. He has a new job in the offing.
off and on / on and off
sometimes; occasionally. I see him off and on at the club.
the off season the period, at a hotel, holiday resort etc, when there are few visitors: It's very quiet here in the off season; adjective (etc)
off-season rates.
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عَلَى نَحْو سَيَّء špatně dårligt schlecht άσχημα mal huonosti mal loše male 悪く 나쁘게 slecht dårlig źle mal плохо dåligt เลว kötü bir şekilde một cách tồi tệ 严重地
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Her dresses, badly chosen as to their hues, were perhaps not badly made, but were certainly badly worn.
And to go out of the way of all who sleep badly and keep awake at night!
This did not please my driver, and he laid his whip on badly. "Get on, you lazy fellow," he said, "or I'll make you."
Both parties to this fourth duel were badly hurt so much that the surgeon was at work upon them nearly or quite an hour--a fact which is suggestive.
I believe that this follows from severities[*] being badly or properly used.
Aunt Em, badly frightened, threw open the trap door in the floor and climbed down the ladder into the small, dark hole.
Unfortunately, the hour was badly chosen for a private conference.
In the next place, fault may be found with his unequal division of property, for some will have far too much, others too little; by which means the land will come into few hands, which business is badly regulated by his laws.
He searched his memory for words or deeds that might have made her think badly of him.
The hero of the epic is at once sciolist and simpleton, `knowing many things, but knowing them all badly'.
It needed but a brief examination to show that he was not badly hurt.
Anderson's ball--for it was Job that shot him first-- had broken his shoulder-blade and touched the lung, not badly; the second had only torn and displaced some muscles in the calf.