[ poor-ish ]

  1. somewhat poor; rather poor.

Origin of poorish

First recorded in 1650–60; poor + -ish1

Words Nearby poorish

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How to use poorish in a sentence

  • About nightfall,—their horse having made poorish fight, though the foot had stood to it like men,—they roll universally away.

  • Without more or less of this knowledge, a lady, even the wife of a peer, is but a poorish thing.

    Advice to Young Men | William Cobbett
  • Never mind your being poorish as yet; there's money in your head-piece as there's money i' the sown field, but it must ha' time.

    Adam Bede | George Eliot
  • It was, in fact, a poorish match and the young couple were dependent more or less on Wardle.

    Pickwickian Studies | Percy Fitzgerald
  • Dartie reflected that Bosinney would have a poorish time in that cab if he didn't look sharp!

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete | John Galsworthy