- 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.
poor definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English pore ; from Old French povre ; from Classical Latin pauper, poor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pōu-, small from source few, foal
- poorness noun
poor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective poor·er, poor·est
- Having little or no wealth and few or no possessions.
- Lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.
- Not adequate in quality; inferior: a poor performance.
- a. Lacking in value; insufficient: poor wages.b. Lacking in quantity: poor attendance.
- Lacking fertility: poor soil.
- Undernourished; lean.
- Humble: a poor spirit.
- Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn't rescue the poor fellow.
Origin: Middle English poure, from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
- poorˈness noun
poor - Phrases/Idioms