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poorly

[poo r-lee] /ˈpʊər li/
adverb
1.
in a poor manner or way:
The team played poorly.
adjective
2.
in poor health; somewhat ill:
I hear she's been poorly.
Origin of poorly
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pourely. See poor, -ly
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  • "I find a touch of rye helps me a heap when I'm poorly," said he.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • For I have seen a letter of his, and indifferently worded, as poorly spelt.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Magenta is bad enough when it is itself; but the worst of magenta is that it spoils but poorly.

    Ceres' Runaway Alice Meynell
  • Her ladyship had been but poorly, but was better within the last two days.

  • But once in a while among the misspelt, poorly written scrawls, there would be a throbbing story of life.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for poorly

poorly

/ˈpʊəlɪ; ˈpɔː-/
adverb
1.
in a poor way or manner; badly
adjective
2.
(usually postpositive) (informal) in poor health; rather ill: she's poorly today
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Word Origin and History for poorly
adv.

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

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