- 1In a way that is unsatisfactory or inadequate: schools that were performing poorly [as submodifier]: a poorly attended churchMore example sentences
badly, deficiently, defectively, faultily, imperfectly, unsuccessfully, incompetently, inexpertly, abjectly, appallingly, abysmally, atrociously, awfully, terribly, dismally, dreadfully; crudely, shoddily, inadequately, unsatisfactorily, unacceptably, execrably, frightfully
- 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.
- 2With insufficient money: he lived as poorly as his peasant parishionersMore example sentences
- 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 poorlyMore example sentences
ill, unwell, indisposed, ailing, not (very) well, not oneself, not in good shape, out of sorts, not up to par, under/below par, peaky, liverish; sick, queasy, nauseous; British off, off colourBritish • informal ropy, grottyScottish • informal wabbitAustralian/New Zealand • informal crook• vulgar slang crappy• dated queer, seedy
- 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.