A poor family.
- 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.
- 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 p?u-, 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.
nounused with a pl. verb
Origin of poorMiddle English poure from Old French povre from Latin pauper ; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: In informal speech poor is sometimes used as an adverb, as in They never played poorer. In formal usage more poorly would be required in this example.
(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 *phâ‚w- (“smallness"). Cognate with Old English fÄ“awa (“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 unlÇ£de, Middle English unweli, unwely (“poor, unwealthy") (from Old English un- + weliÄ¡ (“well-to-do, prosperous, rich").