Worse vs. Badly

Worse vs. Badly — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Worse and Badly

Worseadjective

More inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect

This restaurant is worse than the one that used to be here.

Badlyadverb

In a bad manner.

Worseadjective

More severe or unfavorable

The weather suddenly got worse.

Badlyadverb

Very much; greatly. See Usage Note at bad1.

Worseadjective

Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory.

Badlyadverb

In a bad manner.

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Worseadjective

Being in poorer health; more ill

I felt worse after eating that pizza.

Badlyadverb

Very much; to a great degree.

I want it so badly.

Worsenoun

Something that is worse

Of the two routes, the eastern one is the worse. She was accused of cheating on exams, lying, and worse.

Badlyadjective

(Northern England) Ill, unwell.

He's never badly.

Worseadverb

In a worse manner; to a worse degree.

Badlyadverb

to a severe or serious degree;

fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputatedbadly injureda severely impaired heartis gravely illwas seriously ill
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Worseadverb

.

He's worse-mannered than she is.

Badlyadverb

(`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well;

he was ill preparedit ill befits a man to betray old friendsthe car runs badlyhe performed badly on the examthe team played poorlyill-fitting clothesan ill-conceived plan

Worseadverb

Less skillfully.

Badlyadverb

evilly or wickedly;

treated his parents badlyto steal is to act badly

Worseadverb

More severely or seriously.

Badlyadverb

in a disobedient or naughty way;

he behaved badly in schoolhe mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sisterbehaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room

Worseadverb

Used to start a sentence describing something that is worse.

Her leg is infected. Still worse, she's developing a fever.

Badlyadverb

with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly');

the injury hurt badlythe buildings were badly shakenit hurts badwe need water bad

Worsenoun

something inferior in quality or condition or effect;

for better or for worseaccused of cheating and lying and worse

Badlyadverb

very much; strongly;

I wanted it badly enough to work hard for itthe cables had sagged badlythey were badly in need of helphe wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it

Worseadjective

(comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability;

this road is worse than the first one we tookthe road is in worse shape than it wasshe was accused of worse things than cheating and lying

Badlyadverb

without skill or in a displeasing manner;

she writes badlyI think he paints very badly

Worseadjective

changed for the worse in health or fitness;

I feel worse todayher cold is worse

Badlyadverb

in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage;

the venture turned out badly for the investorsangry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them

Worseadverb

(comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner;

he did worse on the second exam

Badlyadverb

unfavorably or with disapproval;

tried not to speak ill of the deadthought badly of him for his lack of concern

Badlyadverb

with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display;

they took their defeat badlytook her father's death badlyconducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake