What does poorly mean?

Definitions for poorly
ˈpʊər lipoor·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ailing, indisposed, peaked(p), poorly(p), sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedyadverb

    somewhat ill or prone to illness

    "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work"

  2. ill, badly, poorlyadverb

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

    "he was ill prepared"; "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"; "the car runs badly"; "he performed badly on the exam"; "the team played poorly"; "ill-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan"


  1. poorlyadverb

    in a poor manner

  2. poorlyadjective

    ill, unwell, sick

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Poorlyadverb

    Etymology: from poor.

    Those thieves spared his life, letting him go to learn to live poorly. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    If you sow one ground with the same kind of grain, it will prosper but poorly. Francis Bacon.

    Your constancy
    Hath left you unattended: be not lost
    So poorly in your thoughts. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Nor is their courage or their wealth so low,
    That from his wars they poorly would retire. Dryden.

    You meaner beauties of the night,
    That poorly satisfy our eyes,
    More by your number than your light,
    You common people of the skies;
    What are you when the sun shall rise. Henry Wotton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poorlyadverb

    in a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort; as, to live poorly

  2. Poorlyadverb

    with little or no success; indifferently; with little profit or advantage; as, to do poorly in business

  3. Poorlyadverb

    meanly; without spirit

  4. Poorlyadverb

    without skill or merit; as, he performs poorly

  5. Poorlyadjective

    somewhat ill; indisposed; not in health

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poorly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poorly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of poorly in a Sentence

  1. Leo Terrell:

    After a historically bad week capping off a historically bad year, Joe Biden's presidency is now on the ropes. Things are going so poorly that even as one-time protectors the media mob, they're now beginning to take note.

  2. President Barack Obama:

    You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran.

  3. Bradley Bowman:

    The way that the handover of Bagram Air Base went down appears to have been very poorly coordinated and that reality and perception is not helpful to American interests. It's almost a microcosm of what we've seen more broadly, and that is poor planning.

  4. Beverly Hallberg:

    The president's angry facial expressions and raised voice didn't match the content of his speech. His words were offensive—praising himself for the 'biggest airlift in history'—and his body language and vocals told the true story: That this president was trying to defend the unforgiveable, the speech was poorly written because the goal of it was to take blame off the person, the commander-in-chief, and instead blame the Americans who were told the Taliban would never take control.

  5. The Dane:

    The last 18 months were really good and then I played poorly at last month's British Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, but I turned the corner at British Open last week and now I'm feeling pretty good.

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    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
    • A. abandon
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