- to lament or argue that one is too poor; plead poverty.
- 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; orig. in verb phrases put up a poor mouth, make a poor mouth
- a person who continually complains about a lack of money.
- a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.
- cry poor mouth, 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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- unjustified complaining, esp to excite sympathyshe always has the poor mouth
- informal to speak of disparagingly; decry