[poo r-lee] /ˈpʊər li/
in a poor manner or way:
The team played poorly.
in poor health; somewhat ill:
I hear she’s been poorly.
in a poor way or manner; badly
(usually postpositive) (informal) in poor health; rather ill: she’s poorly today
early 13c., “inadequately, badly, insufficiently,” from poor (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning “in ill health” is from 1750.
noun 1. a law or system of laws providing for the relief or support of the poor at public expense. noun 1. (English history) a law providing for the relief or support of the poor from public, esp parish, funds
[poo r-mouth] /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθ/ Informal. verb (used without object), poor-mouthed [poo r-moutht, -mouth d] /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd/ (Show IPA), poor-mouthing. 1. to lament or argue that one is too poor; plead poverty. verb (used with object), poor-mouthed [poo r-moutht, -mouth d] /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd/ (Show IPA), poor-mouthing. 2. to declare (one’s ability, power, position, etc.) to be inadequate […]
- Poor rate
noun 1. (English history) a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor
[poo r] /pʊər/ adjective, poorer, poorest. 1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare. 2. Law. dependent upon charity or public support. 3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds. 4. characterized by or showing poverty. 5. deficient or […]