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.
Idioms about poor mouth
cry poor mouth, Informal. to complain, especially habitually, about a lack of money.: Also talk a poor mouth.
Other definitions for poor-mouth (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use poor mouth in a sentence
This boy was a prisoner, too, and yet he turns up all right and puts up a poor mouth about what he failed to do.A Little Union Scout | Joel Chandler Harris
Not once did they put up a poor mouth and beg the Government to come to their help.The Head Hunters of Northern Luzon From Ifugao to Kalinga | Cornelis De Witt Willcox
poor mouth; making the poor mouth is trying to persuade people you are very poor—making out or pretending that you are poor.English As We Speak It in Ireland | P. W. Joyce
See, children, just as soon as I say a word, mad like a wet hen he gets and right away puts on a poor mouth.Just Around the Corner | Fannie Hurst
And yet I am told that the old woman was not accustomed to "make a poor mouth," as the saying goes.
British Dictionary definitions for poor mouth
unjustified complaining, esp to excite sympathy: she always has the poor mouth
informal to speak of disparagingly; decry
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