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[poo r-spir-i-tid]
  1. having or showing a poor, cowardly, or abject spirit.
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Origin of poor-spirited

First recorded in 1655–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for poor-spirited

Historical Examples

  • Wouldn't trust, but they'll think me a poor-spirited cur, anyway.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Are you so tame and so poor-spirited that a threat is to vanquish you?


    Raphael Sabatini

  • There are poor-spirited, contemptible curs in every country, sir, if you mean that!

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • You can be as purfessional as you please, but you needn't be poor-spirited.

  • I have to confess that I was so poor-spirited as to have little or no animosity against him.

    The High Heart

    Basil King