Poor Joe

nounCoastal Georgia, South Carolina, and the Bahamas.
  1. a heron.

Origin of Poor Joe

1730–40, Americanism; probably < a West African source; compare Vai (Mande language of Liberia and Sierra Leone) podžo heron

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How to use Poor Joe in a sentence

  • A miserable little white crane called "Poor Joe" is common, and has the same habit.

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  • He feels that he is the "Poor Joe" of the Army—under perpetual orders to "move on."