- having or showing a poor, cowardly, or abject spirit.
Origin of poor-spirited
First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for poor-spirited
Wouldn't trust, but they'll think me a poor-spirited cur, anyway.The Manxman
Are you so tame and so poor-spirited that a threat is to vanquish you?Love-at-Arms
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