Poor definition

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Not adequate in quality or quantity; inferior.

A poor performance; poor wages.

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Deficient or lacking in a specified resource or quality.

An area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.

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Undernourished; lean. Used especially of animals.
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Lacking in some quality or thing.
  • 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.
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Humble; meek.
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Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving.

Has a poor opinion of the mayor.

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To be pitied.

Oh you poor little thing.

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Poor people considered as a group.

The urban poor are in need of homes.

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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.

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Poor is defined as people with little to no money or belongings.

An example of the poor is everyone who lives in poverty.

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Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable.

Couldn't rescue the poor fellow.

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Having insufficient wealth to meet the necessities or comforts of life or to live in a manner considered acceptable in a society.
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Relating to or characterized by poverty.

The poor side of town.

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Worthy of pity; unfortunate.
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Lacking material possessions; having little or no means to support oneself; needy; impoverished.
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Indicating or characterized by poverty.
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With little or no possessions or money.

We were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes.

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Of low quality.

That was a poor performance.

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Deficient in a specified way.

Cow's milk is poor in iron.

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I received a poor reward for all my hard work.

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Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
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(with "the") Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group.

The poor are always with us.

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the poor
  • poor, or needy, people collectively
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
poor
Comparative:
poorer
Superlative:
poorest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the poor

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 *ph₁w- (“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").

    From Wiktionary