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poorly

adverb poor·ly \ ˈpu̇r-lē , ˈpȯr- \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of poorly

: in a poor condition or manner; especially : in an inferior or imperfect way : badly
  • sang poorly

Examples of poorly in a Sentence

  1. he tends to perform poorly on standardized tests

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First Known Use of poorly

13th century

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poorly

adjective

Definition of poorly

: somewhat ill : indisposed

Examples of poorly in a Sentence

  1. she stayed home because she was feeling poorly

First Known Use of poorly

1570

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Definition of poorly for English Language Learners

  • : in a poor or bad manner : in a way that is not good or satisfactory


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Definition of poorly for English Language Learners

  • : somewhat ill



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