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Meaning of POORLY

Pronunciation:  'pûrlee

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 Definition: [adv]  (`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"
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 Synonyms: badly, ill
 Antonyms: good, well



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Poor"ly\, adv.
    1. In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or
       sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort; as, to
       live poorly.
    2. With little or no success; indifferently; with little
       profit or advantage; as, 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. --Dryden.
    4. Without skill or merit; as, he performs poorly.
    {Poorly off}, not well off; not rich.
  2. \Poor"ly\, a.
    Somewhat ill; indisposed; not in health. ``Having been poorly
    in health.'' --T. Scott.
Thesaurus Terms
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