adjective, poor·er, poor·est.
Origin of poor
Synonyms for poor
Antonyms for poor
Related Words for poorerunderprivileged, poverty-stricken, needy, meager, penniless, low, impoverished, destitute, indigent, unsatisfactory, shoddy, substandard, weak, feeble, modest, insufficient, miserable, mediocre, ordinary, inferior
Examples from the Web for poorer
Contemporary Examples of poorer
“This is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poorer neighborhoods with higher crime rates,” Obama said.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was
November 25, 2014
It captured a worldview and fate that I hope the people from the poorer parts of the state can one day escape.The State Where the Right Won the Culture War
October 10, 2014
Another group more likely to be poorer than others is young adults aged 18 to 24.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
Much smaller, poorer countries are opening their gates for refugees from violence-torn parts of the world.Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?
July 20, 2014
She paints the current rodent situation as more than a foul inconvenience, and one that is a particular blight on poorer areas.Crowdsourcing NYC’s War on Rats
June 24, 2014
Historical Examples of poorer
He supposed he must think up something to daub on there—the poorer the better.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Reading that phrase, you feel the earth is poorer for her loss.Tiverton Tales
We can just hold on, and I would not have him a pound the poorer for me.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The Schlegels were certainly the poorer for the loss of Wickham Place.Howards End
E. M. Forster
He's poorer'n poverty and it's cheap livin' down at Martha Phipps's.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- lacking financial or other means of subsistence; needy
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the poor
Word Origin for poor
c.1200, "lacking money or resources, destitute; needy, indigent; small, scanty," from Old French povre "poor, wretched, dispossessed; inadequate; weak, thin" (Modern French pauvre), from Latin pauper "poor, not wealthy," from pre-Latin *pau-paros "producing little; getting little," a compound from the roots of paucus "little" (see paucity) and parare "to produce, bring forth" (see pare).
Replaced Old English earm. Figuratively from early 14c. Meaning "of inferior quality" is from c.1300. Of inhabited places from c.1300; of soil, etc., from late 14c. The poor boy sandwich, made of simple but filling ingredients, was invented and named in New Orleans in 1921. To poor mouth "deny one's advantages" is from 1965 (to make a poor mouth "whine" is Scottish dialect from 1822). Slang poor man's ________ "the cheaper alternative to _______," is from 1854.
"poor persons collectively," mid-12c., from poor (adj.). The Latin adjective pauper "poor" also was used in a noun sense "a poor man."