1 poorly, defectively, insufficiently, inadequately, unsatisfactorily, carelessly, ineptly, shoddily, inadequately, deficiently:
We lived in a badly furnished flat in the East End.
2 unfortunately, unluckily, unsuccessfully, unfavourably, poorly:
These are an improvement on the former rules, which worked badly.
3 incorrectly, faultily, defectively, poorly, improperly, inaccurately, erroneously, unacceptably; ineptly, inartistically, amateurishly, awfully:
He speaks English badly. He sings badly.
4 immorally, wickedly, viciously, mischievously, naughtily, shamefully, improperly, villainously:
The school has had its share of badly behaved pupils.
5 dangerously, severely, gravely, critically, grievously, seriously:
Her father was badly wounded in the war.
6 unkindly, cruelly, harshly, severely, wretchedly, dreadfully, improperly, atrociously, horribly, unspeakably:
The prisoners were treated so badly that few survived.
7 unfavourably, damagingly, critically:
Even her friends spoke badly of her.
8 very much, greatly, seriously:
Peter is badly in need of extra money.
9 distressfully, emotionally, hard:
He took the news badly.