having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: She came from a poor family struggling to survive.
Law. dependent upon charity or public support.
(of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.
characterized by or showing poverty.
deficient or lacking in something specified: a region poor in mineral deposits.
faulty or inferior, as in construction: poor workmanship.
(of land or soil) lacking abundance or productivity: poor soil.
excessively lean or emaciated, as cattle.
of an inferior, inadequate, or unsatisfactory kind: poor health.
lacking in skill, ability, or training: a poor cook.
deficient in moral excellence; cowardly, abject, or mean.
scanty, meager, or paltry in amount or number: a poor audience.
Usually the poor .Often Disparaging and Offensive. poor people collectively.
Idioms about poor
poor as a church mouse, extremely poor.
poor as Job's turkey, Southern and South Midland U.S. extremely poor.
- poor·ness, noun
- non·poor, noun
- qua·si-poor, adjective
- qua·si-poor·ly, adverb
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How to use poor in a sentence
Remember how last year Ryan was reinventing himself as the true friend of “the poors,” as we ironically say in liberal blogland?
Sometimes the poor were boarded out; some of them lived in cottages, or in the poors' house which the parish built.Social Life in England Through the Centuries | H. R. Wilton Hall
In the end of November, five old people in the poors house were fatally attacked all at once, in different parts of the building.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2) | Charles Creighton
The daily papers are in a rack, and over the mantel are bound volumes of the Chronicle, and copies of Poors Manual.Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905 | Various
Aren't you all full of snow, my poors, and very cold and wet?Hildegarde's Harvest | Laura E. Richards
This asylum contains at this time, 390 boarders and 150 poors at the charge of the departement.Rouen, It's History and Monuments | Thodore Licquet
British Dictionary definitions for poor
lacking financial or other means of subsistence; needy
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the poor
characterized by or indicating poverty: the country had a poor economy
deficient in amount; scanty or inadequate: a poor salary
(when postpositive, usually foll by in) badly supplied (with resources, materials, etc): a region poor in wild flowers
lacking in quality; inferior
giving no pleasure; disappointing or disagreeable: a poor play
(prenominal) deserving of pity; unlucky: poor John is ill again
poor man's something a (cheaper) substitute for something
- poorness, noun
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