What does poor mean?

Definitions for poorpʊər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word poor.

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"


  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

  14. Origin: [OE. poure or povre, OF. povre, F. pauvre, L. pauper; the first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see Paucity, Few), and the second to parare to prepare, procure. See Few, and cf. Parade, Pauper, Poverty.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poor

    pōōr, adj. having little or nothing: without means: needy: spiritless: depressed: (B.) humble: contrite: wanting in appearance: lean: wanting in strength: weak: wanting in value: inferior: wanting in fertility: sterile: wanting in fitness, beauty, or dignity: trifling: paltry: dear (endearingly).—ns. Poor′house, a house established at the public expense for sheltering the poor: an almshouse; Poor′john (Shak.), a coarse kind of fish, the hake when salted.—n.pl. Poor′-laws, laws providing for the support of the poor.—adv. Poor′ly.—ns. Poor′ness; Poor′-rate, a rate or tax for the support of the poor; Poor′-Rob′in, an almanac; Poor's′-box, a box for receiving contributions to the poor.—adj. Poor′-spir′ited, cowardly: mean.—ns. Poor′-spir′itedness, cowardice; Poor's′-roll (Scots law), the list of poor persons who are litigants, but unable to pay the expenses of litigation, and therefore are allowed to sue in formâ pauperis.—Poor man of mutton (Scot.), cold mutton broiled, esp. the shoulder; Poor man's herb, the hedge-hyssop; Poor Will, a common American bird of the genus Phalænoptilus.—The poor, poor people collectively: those depending on public or private charity. [O. Fr. poure, povre (Fr. pauvre)—L. pauper, 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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poor in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dean Adermann:

    Leave the poor animal alone.

  2. Italian Proverb:

    Bed is the poor man's opera.

  3. Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca:

    His judgment was pretty poor.

  4. Gary Heathcott:

    They are a cash-poor country.

  5. George Herbert:

    Hope is the poor man's bread.

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