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poorly

[poo r-lee] /ˈpʊər li/
adverb
1.
in a poor manner or way:
The team played poorly.
adjective
2.
in poor health; somewhat ill:
I hear she's been poorly.
Origin of poorly
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, poorly is from the Middle English word pourely. See poor, -ly
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  • For I have seen a letter of his, and indifferently worded, as poorly spelt.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The demand was so sudden and unexpected that it found them poorly prepared to meet it.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • But the child who had done so much for him and had been so poorly repaid, was never out of his mind.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Her ladyship had been but poorly, but was better within the last two days.

  • It might be a year old, but was so small and poorly nourished that its age was hard to guess.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for poorly

poorly

/ˈpʊəlɪ; ˈpɔː-/
adverb
1.
in a poor way or manner; badly
adjective
2.
(usually postpositive) (informal) in poor health; rather ill: she's poorly today
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Word Origin and History for poorly
adv.

early 13c., "inadequately, badly, insufficiently," from poor (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "in ill health" is from 1750.

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