Then I would hurry on, cursing myself for the poorness of my spirit, fancying mocking contempt in the laughter that followed me.
I knew the state of Spain well, his weakness, his poorness, his humbleness at this time.
I knew the state of Spain well—his weakness, his poorness, his humbleness at this time.
I never could see no 'poorness of spirit,' come to git at 'em!
It is not an essential heavenly condition, like poorness of spirit or meekness.
It showed her deep knowledge of her poorness in laying bare the fact.
Her thoughts were merciful, but she laught at ye, Pitying the poorness of your complement, And so she left ye.
A curious illustration of the poorness of the living occurs in these books.
I am taught the poorness of our invention, the ugliness of towns and palaces.
Not to be shamed among other girls by the poorness of her apparel was a pride to her.
c.1200, "lacking money or resources, destitute; needy, indigent; small, scanty," from Old French povre "poor, wretched, dispossessed; inadequate; weak, thin" (Modern French pauvre), from Latin pauper "poor, not wealthy," from pre-Latin *pau-paros "producing little; getting little," a compound from the roots of paucus "little" (see paucity) and parare "to produce, bring forth" (see pare).
Replaced Old English earm. Figuratively from early 14c. Meaning "of inferior quality" is from c.1300. Of inhabited places from c.1300; of soil, etc., from late 14c. The poor boy sandwich, made of simple but filling ingredients, was invented and named in New Orleans in 1921. To poor mouth "deny one's advantages" is from 1965 (to make a poor mouth "whine" is Scottish dialect from 1822). Slang poor man's ________ "the cheaper alternative to _______," is from 1854.
"poor persons collectively," mid-12c., from poor (adj.). The Latin adjective pauper "poor" also was used in a noun sense "a poor man."