Synonyms of 'poor'
1 impoverishedDictionary, broke (informal) , badly off
He was one of thirteen children from a poor family.
The goal is to lure businesses into impoverished areas.
I'm as broke as you are.
hard up (informal)
Her parents were hard up.
Food supplies are being sent to people in need.
a project aimed at raising funds for needy children around the world
on the rocks
a penniless refugee
destitute children who live on the streets
two poverty-stricken bag ladies
down and out
skint (British , slang)
How can we persuade indigent peasants to stop slaughtering wildlife?
down at heel
Back in the eighties he was an impecunious, would-be racing driver.
on the breadline
flat broke (informal)
on your uppers
stony-broke (British , slang)
Necessitous men are not free men.
in queer street
without two pennies to rub together (informal)
on your beam-ends
2 unfortunateDictionary, pathetic, miserable
I feel sorry for that poor child.
charity days to raise money for unfortunate people
That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
They have so far accepted a miserable 1,100 refugees from the former Yugoslavia.
Argentina's unlucky defeat by Ireland
the hapless victim struggled helplessly
It was the most pitiful sight I had ever seen.
the luckless parent of an extremely difficult child
wretched people living in abject poverty
an ill-starred attempt to create jobs in a deprived area
Her grandmother seemed to her a pitiable figure.
They are now home after their ill-fated trip abroad.
3 inferiorDictionary, unsatisfactory, mediocre
The wine is very poor.
He was a poor actor.
The cassettes were of inferior quality.
The inspectors said a third of lessons were unsatisfactory.
His university record was mediocre.
another second-rate politician
His eyesight had always been weak.
I thought it was a rotten idea.
This piece of old junk is totally worthless.
I'm normally quick to complain about shoddy service.
undrinkable low-grade wine
for the birds (informal)
no great shakes (informal)
chickenshit (US , slang)
not much cop (British , slang)
half-pie (New Zealand , informal)
strictly for the birds (informal)
bodger or bodgie (Australian , slang)
4 meagreDictionary, inadequate, insufficient
poor wages and terrible working conditions
A poor crop has sent vegetable prices spiralling.
a meagre 3% pay rise
Supplies of food and medicine are inadequate.
There was insufficient evidence to proceed.
It's only made a slight difference.
Some offices had incomplete information on spending.
There is scant evidence of strong economic growth to come.
Many slopes are rock fields with sparse vegetation.
a diet deficient in vitamins
The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.
So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
The niggardly compensation for her frightening ordeal amounted to just £6,500.
5 unproductiveDictionary, barren, fruitless
Mix in some planting compost to improve poor soil when you dig.
increasingly unproductive land
He also wants to use water to irrigate barren desert land.
He was a bad driver.
a bare landscape
a sterile male
The waste is dumped, making the surrounding land infertile.
6 lowlyDictionary, mean, plain
He started out as a lowly photographer.
southern opportunists of mean origins
We are just plain people.
the modest home of a family who lived off the land
He came from a fairly humble, poor background.
I don't like to visit the doctor just for something trivial.
In 1949 it was still a small, insignificant city.
She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
The poor man is happy; he expects no change for the worse
The poor always ye have with you[Bible: St. John]
Poor and content is rich and rich enough– Othello]
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Someone who is bad at doing something is not skilful or successful at it.
He was a bad driver.
Bare is used in front of an amount to emphasize how small it is.
a bare landscape
Thesaurus for poor from the Collins English Thesaurus
Someone who is poor has very little money and few possessions .