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badly

bad·ly

badly

 
pronunciation:
baed li
features:
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part of speech: adverb
inflections: worse, worst
definition 1: not well; in a bad way.
The baby bird flew badly.
antonyms:
well
similar words:
wrong
definition 2: very much.
I want a new car badly.
definition 3: not in a nice way.
She talks badly about him.
antonyms:
well
similar words:
ill
bad or badly?
Bad is an adjective that means not good. The opposite of I feel good about it is not I feel badly about it, but rather I feel bad about it. The word badly is an adverb that means in a bad manner or with no skill.
Compare:
  • He had a bad accident.
  • I feel bad about your accident.
  • He rode the bike badly and fell.