- The definition of poor is having little money or belongings, or lacking something.
- An example of poor is living below the poverty line.
- An example of poor used as an adjective is the phrase poor communication skills which means that a person cannot communicate well with others.
- Poor is defined as people with little to no money or belongings.
An example of the poor is everyone who lives in poverty.
A poor family.
- lacking material possessions; having little or no means to support oneself; needy; impoverished
- indicating or characterized by poverty
- lacking in some quality or thing; specif.,
- lacking abundance; scanty; inadequate: poor crops
- lacking productivity; barren; sterile: poor soil
- lacking nourishment; feeble; emaciated: a poor body
- lacking excellence or worth; below average, inferior, bad, etc. or paltry, mean, insignificant, etc.
- lacking good moral or mental qualities; mean-spirited; contemptible
- lacking pleasure, comfort, or satisfaction: to have a poor time
- lacking skill
- worthy of pity; unfortunate
Origin of poorMiddle English pore ; from Old French povre ; from Classical Latin pauper, poor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pōu-, small from source few, foal
- a. Having insufficient wealth to meet the necessities or comforts of life or to live in a manner considered acceptable in a society.b. Relating to or characterized by poverty: the poor side of town.
- Deficient or lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.
- Not adequate in quality or quantity; inferior: a poor performance; poor wages.
- Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving: has a poor opinion of the mayor.
- Undernourished; lean. Used especially of animals.
- Humble; meek: “Let the humble ones arise, the poor in heart be glad” (John Greenleaf Whittier).
- Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn't rescue the poor fellow.
noun(used with a pl. verb)
Origin of poorMiddle English poure, from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative poorer, superlative poorest)
- With little or no possessions or money.
- We were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes.
- Of low quality.
- That was a poor performance.
- To be pitied.
- Oh you poor little thing.
- Deficient in a specified way.
- Cow's milk is poor in iron.
- Inadequate, insufficient.
- I received a poor reward for all my hard work.
- Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
- (with "the") Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group.
- The poor are always with us.
From Middle English povre, povere, from Old French (Anglo-Norman) povre, poure (Modern French pauvre), from Latin pauper, from Old Latin *pavo-pars (“getting little”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₁w- (“smallness”). Cognate with Old English fēawa (“little, few”). Displaced native Middle English earm, arm (“poor”) (from Old English earm; See arm), Middle English wantsum, wantsome (“poor, needy”) (from Old Norse vant (“deficiency, lack, want”), Middle English unlede (“poor”) (from Old English unlǣde, Middle English unweli, unwely (“poor, unwealthy”) (from Old English un- + weliġ (“well-to-do, prosperous, rich”).