poorly

[poo r-lee]

adverb

in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly.

adjective

in poor health; somewhat ill: I hear she's been poorly.

Nearby words

  1. poor-spirited,
  2. poor-will,
  3. poorhouse,
  4. poori,
  5. poorish,
  6. poorly differentiated lymphocytic lymphoma,
  7. poorness,
  8. poort,
  9. poortith,
  10. pooterish

Origin of poorly

First recorded in 1250–1300, poorly is from the Middle English word pourely. See poor, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for poorly

poorly

adverb

in a poor way or manner; badly

adjective

(usually postpositive) informal in poor health; rather illshe's poorly today
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Word Origin and History for poorly

poorly

adv.

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

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