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Meaning & Definition of Poorly in English





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"
  • ailing,
  • indisposed,
  • peaked(p),
  • poorly(p),
  • sickly,
  • unwell,
  • under the weather,
  • seedy


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"
  • ill,
  • badly,
  • poorly

Examples of using

Your work is poorly organized.
Unskilled labor is poorly paid.