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poor (pʊə Pronunciation for poor ; pɔː Pronunciation for poor



    1. lacking financial or other means of subsistence; needy
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)   ⇒ the poor
  1. characterized by or indicating poverty   ⇒ the country had a poor economy
  2. deficient in amount; scanty or inadequate   ⇒ a poor salary
  3. when postpositive, usually foll by in badly supplied (with resources, materials, etc)   ⇒ a region poor in wild flowers
  4. lacking in quality; inferior
  5. giving no pleasure; disappointing or disagreeable   ⇒ a poor play
  6. (prenominal) deserving of pity; unlucky   ⇒ poor John is ill again
  7. See poor man's something

Derived Forms

ˈpoorness noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pauper, poverty


View thesaurus entry
= impoverished, broke, badly off, hard up, short, in need, needy, on the rocks, penniless, destitute, poverty-stricken, down and out, skint, in want, indigent, down at heel, impecunious, dirt-poor, on the breadline, flat broke, penurious, on your uppers, stony-broke, necessitous, in queer street, without two pennies to rub together, on your beam-ends,
= inferior, unsatisfactory, mediocre, second-rate, sorry, weak, pants, rotten, faulty, feeble, worthless, shabby, shoddy, low-grade, below par, substandard, low-rent, for the birds, crappy, valueless, no great shakes, rubbishy, poxy, piss-poor, chickenshit, not much cop, half-pie, strictly for the birds, bodger or bodgie,

Quotations including 'poor'

  • "The poor man is happy; he expects no change for the worse" [Demetrius]
  • "The poor always ye have with you" [Bible: St. John]
  • "Poor and content is rich and rich enough" [William Shakespeare

Translations for 'poor'

  • British English: poorPronunciation for poor Someone who is poor has very little money and few possessions.The reason our schools cannot afford better teachers is because people here are poor.pʊə; pɔː ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: فَقِيرPronunciation for فَقِير
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pobrePronunciation for pobre
  • Chinese: 贫穷的Pronunciation for 贫穷的
  • Croatian: siromašanPronunciation for siromašan siromašna
  • Czech: chudýPronunciation for chudý
  • Danish: fattigPronunciation for fattig
  • Dutch: armPronunciation for arm
  • European Spanish: pobrePronunciation for pobre
  • Finnish: köyhäPronunciation for köyhä
  • French: pauvrePronunciation for pauvre
  • German: armPronunciation for arm
  • Greek: φτωχόςPronunciation for φτωχός φτωχή
  • Italian: poveroPronunciation for povero povera
  • Japanese: 貧しいPronunciation for 貧しい
  • Korean: 가난한Pronunciation for 가난한
  • Norwegian: fattigPronunciation for fattig
  • Polish: biednyPronunciation for biedny biedna
  • Portuguese: pobrePronunciation for pobre
  • Romanian: sărac săracă, săraci, sărace
  • Russian: бедныйPronunciation for бедный бедная
  • Spanish: pobrePronunciation for pobre
  • Swedish: fattigPronunciation for fattig fattigt
  • Thai: ยากจนPronunciation for ยากจน
  • Turkish: yoksulPronunciation for yoksul
  • Ukrainian: бідний
  • Vietnamese: nghèoPronunciation for nghèo

Example Sentences Including 'poor'

Besides fit, the bike should make training in poor weather as effective as possible.
Cycling Weekly (2004)
But on the shop floors yesterday, several workers criticised the ZCTU for poor organisation and consultation.
Irish Times (2002)
But our friend Napier wasn't a poor boy scrabbling in the gutter.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
Even in his imagination, she had been a poor substitute for R'shiel.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
He did well last month when highlighting the poor conditions of hundreds of classrooms throughout the State.
Irish Times (2002)
The Kariens built poor copies that were vastly inferior to their Fardohnyan originals.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
The group has agreed to supply HIV drugs to poor African countries at cost which means at a big discount to the price charged elsewhere.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The poor , of whom there are many, are represented on both sides of the argument.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Twelve days after his admission to a lunatic asylum, the poor frustrated Semmelweis died.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)


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