adverb, worse, worst.
- in a defective, incorrect, or undesirable way: The car runs badly.
- in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner: a vague, badly written letter; He paints badly.
- unfavorably: His neighbors spoke badly of him. The weather turned out badly for the cruise.
- in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.
- in a disobedient, naughty, or ethically or socially wrong way: He treats his parents badly.
- very much; to a great extent or degree: a house badly in need of repair; to want something badly.
- severely; direly: to be injured badly.
- with great distress, resentment, regret, or emotional display: She took the news of her mother’s death badly.
- in ill health; sick: He felt badly.
- sorry; regretful: I feel badly about your reaction to my remark.
- dejected; downcast.
- badly off. bad1(def 41).
adverb worse or worst
- poorly; defectively; inadequatelythe chair is badly made
- unfavourably; unsuccessfully; unfortunatelyour scheme worked out badly
- severely; gravelyhe was badly hurt
- incorrectly or inaccuratelyto speak German badly
- improperly; naughtily; wickedlyto behave badly
- without humanity; cruellyto treat someone badly
- very much (esp in the phrases need badly, badly in need of, want badly)
- regretfullyhe felt badly about it
- badly off poor; impoverished
- (postpositive) Northern English dialect ill; poorly