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poorly Syllabification: poor·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈpo͝orlē/

Definition of poorly in English:


1In a way or at a level that is considered inadequate: schools that were performing poorly [as submodifier]: a few poorly articulated words
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  • Government intervention has been in the form of a law that is inadequate and poorly implemented.
  • It was that beauty the great poets dream about but describe most poorly and inadequately.
  • Many Irish companies communicate poorly and give inadequate feedback to employees.
1.1With insufficient money or resources: he lived as poorly as his peasant parishioners
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  • Yes, these jobs provide work and money but they are poorly paid and usually short term.
  • A few have nets, but most are forced to try to make some money as poorly paid day labourers.
  • She is angry not that he lives poorly, but that he has given up after she has given him everything.


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Unwell: she looked poorly
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  • I didn't manage too many lengths today but I haven't been for 2 weeks since being poorly sick.
  • Zoe Bird, 26, was forced to walk for an hour to reach her home with poorly toddler son Ryan after they were forced to leave the car.
  • Jakey on the other hand is poorly due to having an injection.
ill, unwell, not (very) well, ailing, indisposed, out of sorts, under/below par, peaked;
sick, queasy, nauseous;
informal under the weather, funny, peculiar, lousy, rough

Words that rhyme with poorly

Bengali, Cawley, crawly, creepy-crawly, Macaulay, Morley, Nepali, rawly, scrawly, squally
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