how to pronounce poorly


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poorly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of poorly in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… particularly poorly chances are the next …”

meanings of poorly


  1. Without skill or merit.
  2. With little or no success; indifferently; with little profit or advantage.
  3. In a negative manner; with disapproval.
  4. In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort.
  5. Meanly; without spirit.


  1. Ill, unwell, sick.

poorly frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word poorly occurs in english on average 12.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics poorly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that poorly can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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