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.
Has a poor opinion of the mayor.
A poor performance; poor wages.
An example of the poor is everyone who lives in poverty.
An area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.
Couldn't rescue the poor fellow.
The urban poor are in need of homes.
- 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.
That was a poor performance.
Oh you poor little thing.
Cow's milk is poor in iron.
The poor are always with us.
- Poor, or needy, people collectively.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of poor
- Middle English poure from Old French povre from Latin pauper pau-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").