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Definitions for poorly
ˈpʊər lipoor·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word poorly.

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.


  1. poorly

    Poorly is an adverb that means in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unsuccessful manner. As an adjective, it can mean being in bad health or not feeling well.

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. Karl Lauterbach:

    It has to be expected that the R rate will go over 1 and we will return to exponential growth, the loosening measures were far too poorly prepared.

  2. Nigel Sizer:

    There has been a lot of analysis and satellite data that shows there is so much land already cleared - a lot abandoned or very poorly used and managed that we could use to grow food on, we don't need to be clearing new forests to do this in Brazil.

  3. Former US Attorney Timothy Heaphy:

    In sum, this was a poorly conceived plan that was not flexible enough to not accommodate changing conditions, good intentions, gone awry. Failure to communicate, failure to protect, all a product of the failure to prepare.

  4. Roger Severino:

    I count six votes upholding the Mississippi law and 5 to 6 directly overturning Roe. Only Sotomayor defended the more extreme arguments of the pro-abortion side (and poorly).

  5. Jordan Spieth:

    The nine I had never seen before went really well, and the nine I played yesterday went poorly.

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