from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a poor manner. See Usage Note at poor.
  • adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. In poor health; ill: feeling poorly. See Usage Note at bad1.

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  • adv. in a poor manner
  • adj. ill, unwell, sick

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat ill; indisposed; not in health.
  • adv. In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort.
  • adv. With little or no success; indifferently; with little profit or advantage.
  • adv. Meanly; without spirit.
  • adv. Without skill or merit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat ill; indisposed; not in health; unwell.
  • In a poor manner or condition.
  • With little or no success; insufficiently; defectively: as, poorly constructed; poorly adapted to the purpose.
  • Humbly; without spirit; ignobly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
  • adj. somewhat ill or prone to illness


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poor +‎ -ly


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