• IPA: /ˈpʊə(r)li/, /ˈpɔː(r)li/

poorly (comparative poorlier, superlative poorliest)

  1. In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort.
    to live poorly
  2. With little or no success; indifferently; with little profit or advantage.
    to do poorly in business
  3. Meanly; without spirit.
    • Nor is their courage or their wealth so low, / That from his wars they poorly would retire.
  4. Without skill or merit.
    He plays tennis poorly.

poorly (not comparable)

  1. ill, unwell, sick

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