Definition for POOR'LY

POOR'LY, adv.

  1. Without wealth; in indigence or want of the conveniences and comforts of life; as, to live poorly. – Sidney.
  2. With little or no success; with little growth, profit or advantage; as, wheat grows poorly on the Atlantic borders of New England; these men have succeeded poorly in business.
  3. Meanly; without spirit. Nor is their courage or their wealth so low, / That from his wars they poorly would retire. – Dryden.
  4. Without excellence or dignity. He performs poorly in elevated characters.

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