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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: in a poor or incorrect manner; not well; poorly.
He thinks he sings badly, so he always refuses to sing with us.I didn't study, so I wasn't surprised that I did badly on the exam.
synonyms:
poorly
antonyms:
well
similar words:
wrong
definition 2: in a way that is characterized by obstacles and problems.
The voyage went badly.
antonyms:
well
definition 3: in an unfavorable manner; adversely.
She always speaks badly of her ex-husband.
antonyms:
well
similar words:
ill
definition 4: very much; to a great degree.
I want a new car badly.She was badly hurt in the accident.
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.