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poorlyadverb

uk   /ˈpɔː.li/  us   /ˈpʊr-/
C1 not well: A ​business as poorly ​managed as that one doesn't ​deserve to ​succeed.

poorlyadjective [after verb]

uk   /ˈpɔː.li/  us   /ˈpʊr-/ informal
C1 ill: He says he's feeling poorly and he's going back to ​bed.
(Definition of poorly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “poorly”
in Arabic بِشَكْل سَيّء…
in Korean 좋지 못하게, 형편없이…
in Portuguese muito mal…
in Catalan mal, malament…
in Japanese 不十分に, ひどく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 糟糕地,不好地…
in Turkish kötü bir şekilde, yetersizce…
in Russian плохо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 糟糕地,不好地…
in Italian male…
in Polish słabo…
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