Poorly Poor"ly, adv. 1. In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort; as, to live poorly. [1913 Webster]

2. With little or no success; indifferently; with little profit or advantage; as, to do poorly in business. [1913 Webster]

3. Meanly; without spirit. [1913 Webster]

Nor is their courage or their wealth so low, That from his wars they poorly would retire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Without skill or merit; as, he performs poorly. [1913 Webster]

{Poorly off}, not well off; not rich. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Poorly — Poor ly, a. Somewhat ill; indisposed; not in health. Having been poorly in health. T. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poorly — [adj] not well ailing, below par, failing, ill, indisposed, low, mean, out of sorts*, rotten*, sick, sickly, under the weather*, unwell; concept 314 Ant. healthy, well poorly [adv] unsatisfactorily badly, crudely, defectively, inadequately,… …   New thesaurus

  • poorly — [poor′lē] adv. 1. in a poor manner, as scantily, badly, or defectively 2. with a low opinion; disparagingly [thought poorly of it] adj. Informal in poor health …   English World dictionary

  • poorly — (adv.) c.1300, from POOR (Cf. poor) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning in ill health is from 1750 …   Etymology dictionary

  • poorly — ► ADVERB ▪ in a poor manner. ► ADJECTIVE chiefly Brit. ▪ unwell …   English terms dictionary

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  • poorly — 1 adverb badly: poorly paid | Jana s doing poorly in school. | a poorly written article 2 adjective (not before noun) informal especially BrE ill: Matt s wife s been feeling poorly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • poorly — I UK [ˈpɔː(r)lɪ] / UK [ˈpʊə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈpʊrlɪ] adverb * badly a poorly paid job The hospital is poorly equipped. • be poorly off II UK [ˈpɔː(r)lɪ] / UK [ˈpʊə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈpʊrlɪ] adjective British informal ill …   English dictionary

  • poorly — / pɔ:li/ adverb badly ● The offices are poorly laid out. ● The plan was poorly presented. ♦ poorly paid staff staff with low wages …   Dictionary of banking and finance

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