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Definition of "poorly" []

  • In a poor manner. See Usage Note at poor. (adverb)
  • Chiefly Southern U.S. In poor health; ill: feeling poorly. See Usage Note at bad1. (adjective)
  • In a poor way or manner; badly (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • In poor health; rather ill (adjective)

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Use "poorly" in a sentence
  • "TATTON: In this fundraising video to his supporters, he says that liberals are trying to silence him as he attempts to speak out against what he calls a poorly conceived plan."
  • "In it, Congressman Wilson tells them that the liberals are trying to silence him, he says, trying to stop him from speaking out on what he calls a poorly conceived plan."
  • ""There are here," he reports, "about twenty-five hundred men, five hundred of them sick, the greatest part of them what they call poorly; they bury from five to eight daily, and officers in proportion; extremely indolent, and dirty to a degree.""