Definitions for poorpʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

poor*pʊər(adj.; n.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)having little or no money, goods, or other means of support.

  2. Law. dependent upon charity or public support.

    Category: Law

  3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.

  4. characterized by or showing poverty.

  5. lacking in something specified:

    a region poor in mineral deposits.

  6. faulty or inferior:

    poor workmanship.

  7. deficient in desirable ingredients or qualities:

    poor soil.

    Category: Agriculture

  8. lacking in ability or training:

    a poor cook.

  9. wretched; unfortunate:

    The poor thing has no friends.

  10. scanty or meager:

    poor attendance.

  11. humble; modest.

  12. (n.)the poor,poor persons collectively:

    aid for the poor.

* Syn: poor , impecunious , impoverished , penniless refer to those lacking money. poor is the simple word for the condition of lacking the means to obtain the comforts of life: a very poor family.impecunious often suggests that the poverty is a consequence of unwise habits: an impecunious actor.impoverished often implies a former state of greater plenty: the impoverished aristocracy.penniless refers to extreme poverty; it means entirely without money: The widow was left penniless.

Origin of poor:

1150–1200; ME pov(e)re < OF povre < L pauper


Princeton's WordNet

  1. poor people, poor(adj)

    people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

    "the urban poor need assistance"

  2. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched(adj)

    deserving or inciting pity

    "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"

  3. poor(adj)

    having little money or few possessions

    "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

  4. poor(adj)

    characterized by or indicating poverty

    "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"

  5. poor(adj)

    lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances

    "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value"

  6. inadequate, poor, short(adj)

    not sufficient to meet a need

    "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"

  7. poor(adj)


    "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. poor(adjective)ʊər

    ≠ rich

    a poor family; a poor man with little education

  2. poorʊər

    ≠ the rich

    charity donations for the poor

  3. poorʊər

    ≠ good

    hospitals serving poor food to patients; a poor grade on the test

  4. poorʊər

    ≠ good, strong

    students who are poor readers

  5. poorʊər

    ≠ rich

    a diet that is poor in vitamins and minerals

  6. poorʊər

    used to show sympathy for sb

    Poor Paula, she looked really upset.


  1. poor(Noun)

    Those people as a group who have little or no possessions or money.

    The poor are always with us.

  2. poor(Adjective)

    With little or no possessions or money.

    We were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes.

  3. poor(Adjective)

    Of low quality.

    That was a poor performance.

  4. poor(Adjective)

    To be pitied.

    Oh you poor little thing.

  5. poor(Adjective)

    Deficient in a specified way.

    Cow's milk is poor in iron.

  6. poor(Adjective)

    inadequate, insufficient

    I received a poor reward for all my hard work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poor

    destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent

  2. Poor

    so completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public

  3. Poor

    destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected

  4. Poor

    wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc

  5. Poor

    wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits

  6. Poor

    of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings

  7. Poor

    destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil

  8. Poor

    destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture

  9. Poor

    without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night

  10. Poor

    inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse

  11. Poor

    worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt

  12. Poor

    free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek

  13. Poor(noun)

    a small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. poor

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'poor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #648

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'poor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #814

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'poor' in Adjectives Frequency: #64

Anagrams of poor

  1. roop

Translations for poor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having little money or property

She is too poor to buy clothes for the children; the poor nations of the world.

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