[adv] in an unfortunate way; "sadly he died before he could see his grandchild"
[adv] in an unfortunate or deplorable manner; "he was sadly neglected"; "it was woefully inadequate"
[adv] with sadness; in a sad manner; "`She died last night,' he said sadly"
1. Wearily; heavily; firmly. [Obs.] In go the spears full sadly in arest. --Chaucer.
2. Seriously; soberly; gravely. [Obs.] To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame Or our neglect, we lost her as we came. --Milton.
3. Grievously; deeply; sorrowfully; miserably. ``He sadly suffers in their grief.'' --Dryden.