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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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pourely. See poor, -ly
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  • Most of my years of research had been sedentary, in hushed libraries and poorly lit archives.
  • People have continued to treat you and those of your culture poorly.
  • The difficulty is figuring out where the films should go next, especially since the last film was so poorly regarded.
  • Yet now millions of people have quite a clear idea-based on replicas of copies of rather poorly painted portraits.
  • The gym is so poorly designed that a scrimmaging player can be knocked down one of two flights of concrete stairs.
  • As a whole, the actors are so poorly directed that their performances amount to a form of camp.
  • In other relationships, animals don't treat their partners so poorly.
  • Why this mating system exists in some species and not others is poorly understood.
  • Unlike the physics that control the weather, the physics that control earthquakes are still poorly understood.
  • Unfortunately, after decades of poorly regulated fishing, menhaden are in serious trouble.
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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