poorly

adverb
poor·ly | \ˈpu̇r-lē, ˈpȯr-\

Definition of poorly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

poorly

adjective

Definition of poorly (Entry 2 of 2)

: somewhat ill : indisposed

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Examples of poorly in a Sentence

Adverb

he tends to perform poorly on standardized tests

Adjective

she stayed home because she was feeling poorly

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Trump, however, treated Cohen poorly over the years, people familiar with their relationship have said. Anchorage Daily News, "Giuliani may have exposed Trump to new legal threats," 4 May 2018 Yet for some reason girls are always dating losers who are broke and treat them poorly. David Futrelle, The Cut, "When a Mass Murderer Has a Cult Following," 27 Apr. 2018 This is an intuitive way to appeal to low-information voters, who may not have a lot of information about where candidates stand on every issue but do have a sense of whether things went well or poorly under different administrations. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime," 11 July 2018 And having access to these data will be instrumental in helping federal policymakers who need better information on how well (or how poorly) institutions are supporting students. Andrew Howard Nichols, Washington Post, "The power of information: More data on Pell Grants could help bridge the graduation gap," 5 June 2018 While not one of the prime Democratic targets, the East County 50th District held by embattled Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter also is being watched for how well, or poorly, Democrats do. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will San Diego be the 'blue wave' canary in a coal mine?," 3 June 2018 His spokesman has also denied that workers at Braun's companies are poorly treated. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Senate race 2018: Democratic group attacks Braun days after GOP group goes after Donnelly," 16 May 2018 And Comcast and managers routinely call customers back when a service visit has gone especially well or poorly - part of a broad effort to gauge what's working and what's not. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Surprise! Cable TV, internet service may actually be improving," 30 Mar. 2018 So far, however, the gambit has played poorly in polls and Germans seem to be losing their patience. The Christian Science Monitor, "German leaders agree on one approach to mitigating migrant crisis," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of poorly

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1570, in the meaning defined above

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poorly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of poorly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

poorly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of poorly (Entry 2 of 2)

: somewhat ill

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