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Meaning & Definition of Poorly in English

English

Poorly

/purli/

adjective

1. Somewhat ill or prone to illness

  • "My poor ailing grandmother"
  • "Feeling a bit indisposed today"
  • "You look a little peaked"
  • "Feeling poorly"
  • "A sickly child"
  • "Is unwell and can't come to work"
    synonym:
  • ailing
  • ,
  • indisposed
  • ,
  • peaked(p)
  • ,
  • poorly(p)
  • ,
  • sickly
  • ,
  • unwell
  • ,
  • under the weather
  • ,
  • seedy

adverb

1. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner

  • Not well
  • "He was ill prepared"
  • "It ill befits a man to betray old friends"
  • "The car runs badly"
  • "He performed badly on the exam"
  • "The team played poorly"
  • "Ill-fitting clothes"
  • "An ill-conceived plan"
    synonym:
  • ill
  • ,
  • badly
  • ,
  • poorly

Examples of using

Tatoeba: Where nothing ruins a passionate night of sentence-making like a poorly placed comma or, even worse, a careless typo.