Definition of poorly in English:

poorly

Pronunciation /ˈpɔːli//ˈpʊəli/

adverb

  • 1In a way that is unsatisfactory or inadequate.

    ‘schools that were performing poorly’
    as submodifier ‘a poorly attended church’
    • ‘Many mortuaries are dilapidated or poorly designed with inadequate viewing facilities.’
    • ‘Yet chronic disease is often poorly treated and inadequately prevented.’
    • ‘It is also the case that the BBC performs rather poorly when it is most concerned about ratings and loses sight of reach.’
    • ‘The committee meeting was open to all 44 clubs, with two votes available per club, but was poorly attended.’
    • ‘It was re-edited, but still performed poorly on its original release.’
    • ‘It was that beauty the great poets dream about but describe most poorly and inadequately.’
    • ‘Clare performed poorly in Division 2A winning only two of their seven league games.’
    • ‘Britain is also pulling away from France and Italy and other poorly performing Euro-zone economies.’
    • ‘In some schools, according to the Times, poorly performing students are encouraged to drop out.’
    • ‘We do our best, it's an amateur sport, and people have to remember that we don't go out to perform poorly.’
    • ‘Without a strong emphasis on learning, we will end up with a poorly skilled workforce which performs badly economically.’
    • ‘Government intervention has been in the form of a law that is inadequate and poorly implemented.’
    • ‘Another poorly performing area is the southeast of England, which has the highest rate of dog and cat heart disease.’
    • ‘One British athlete who could legitimately claim to have an excuse for performing poorly here is Jonathan Edwards.’
    • ‘Many Irish companies communicate poorly and give inadequate feedback to employees.’
    • ‘The KPU has also been performing poorly in conducting public campaigns about the elections.’
    • ‘In comparison, Geraldton meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday were poorly attended.’
    • ‘Under the star ratings system, trusts could still do well overall even if they performed poorly on financial management.’
    • ‘In France, at national and club level, when a team is performing poorly, supporters desert their side in droves.’
    • ‘Information within a resource may be poorly organised or have inadequate titles or subtitles.’
    badly, deficiently, defectively, faultily, imperfectly, unsuccessfully, incompetently, inexpertly, abjectly, appallingly, abysmally, atrociously, awfully, terribly, dismally, dreadfully
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  • 2With insufficient money.

    ‘he lived as poorly as his peasant parishioners’
    • ‘A few have nets, but most are forced to try to make some money as poorly paid day labourers.’
    • ‘Yes, these jobs provide work and money but they are poorly paid and usually short term.’
    • ‘She is angry not that he lives poorly, but that he has given up after she has given him everything.’
    • ‘Let it be enough for you to have bread and live virtuously and poorly like Christ, as I do here.’
    badly, imperfectly
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adjective

British
  • Unwell.

    ‘she looked poorly’
    • ‘She finally called it a day and left without even seeing her poorly pal.’
    • ‘Last year he accidentally ate some carrots that hadn't been washed and later he had a poorly tummy.’
    • ‘Daniel is still in a very poorly condition in the Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.’
    • ‘Jakey on the other hand is poorly due to having an injection.’
    • ‘This will make it possible to transfer poorly patients in and out of bed with maximum safety and comfort’
    • ‘A year ago I was in a poorly state, and my heart was protesting in the only way it knows.’
    • ‘A writer is hoping for chart success with a touching song devoted to poorly youngster Kirsty Howard.’
    • ‘I didn't manage too many lengths today but I haven't been for 2 weeks since being poorly sick.’
    • ‘He's in a very poorly state, apparently, and the prospect of a good recovery doesn't look too hopeful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Palazzo Mocenigo, where Byron lived for many months alongside dogs, cats, monkeys and a poorly crow.’
    • ‘In fact, even when she is poorly Sophie just keeps going until she just can't do any more.’
    • ‘They have opened a hospice for poorly cats and dogs and I decided I wanted to help them out.’
    • ‘Yesterday, he remained in a stable but poorly condition in the intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary.’
    • ‘Adult winner Lisa Sainsbury said her tale about the unique allure of food was based on her poorly grandmother.’
    • ‘At present, very poorly children are cared for in two small rooms with limited equipment.’
    • ‘There was me dancing all the way down Main Street, despite my poorly leg.’
    • ‘On Saturday night, at work, a poorly woman in the audience chucked up.’
    • ‘Premiership stars took time out from training to give poorly children a massive Christmas boost.’
    • ‘I'm really trying to not do the whole stereotypical poorly male thing, but I can't help it.’
    ill, unwell, indisposed, ailing, not well, not very well, not oneself, not in good shape, out of sorts, not up to par, below par, under par, peaky, liverish
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Pronunciation

poorly

/ˈpɔːli//ˈpʊəli/