poor mouth

[ poor-mohth ]
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  1. a person who continually complains about a lack of money.

  2. a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.

Idioms about poor mouth

  1. cry poor mouth, Informal. to complain, especially habitually, about a lack of money.: Also talk a poor mouth.

Origin of poor mouth

First recorded in 1815–25

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[ poor-mouth ]

verb (used without object),poor-mouthed [poor-moutht, -mouthd], /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd/, poor-mouth·ing.
  1. to lament or argue that one is too poor; plead poverty.

verb (used with object),poor-mouthed [poor-moutht, -mouthd], /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd/, poor-mouth·ing.
  1. to declare (one's ability, power, position, etc.) to be inadequate or disappointing, sometimes as an intentional understatement; downplay: We know you're just poor-mouthing your skill at playing bridge—you're a good player.

Origin of poor-mouth

1965–70; Americanism; originally in verb phrases put up a poor mouth, make a poor mouth

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British Dictionary definitions for poor mouth

poor mouth

/ Irish /

  1. unjustified complaining, esp to excite sympathy: she always has the poor mouth

verbpoor-mouth (tr)
  1. informal to speak of disparagingly; decry

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