1. In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort; as, to live poorly.

2. With little or no success; indifferently; with little profit or advantage; as, to do 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 skill or merit; as, he performs poorly. Poorly off, not well off; not rich.

(01 Mar 1998)