noun people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
- the urban poor need assistance
adjective satellite deserving or inciting pity
wretched; pathetic; pitiable; piteous; misfortunate; miserable; pitiful; hapless.
- a hapless victim
- miserable victims of war
- the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy
- piteous appeals for help
- pitiable homeless children
- a pitiful fate
- Oh, you poor thing
- his poor distorted limbs
- a wretched life
adjective having little money or few possessions
- deplored the gap between rich and poor countries
- the proverbial poor artist living in a garret
adjective characterized by or indicating poverty
- the country had a poor economy
- they lived in the poor section of town
adjective lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances
- a poor land
- the area was poor in timber and coal
- food poor in nutritive value
adjective satellite not sufficient to meet a need
- an inadequate income
- a poor salary
- money is short
- on short rations
- food is in short supply
- short on experience
adjective satellite unsatisfactory
- a poor light for reading
- poor morale
- expectations were poor
, OF. povre
, F. pauvre
, L. pauper
; the first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus
few (see Paucity
), and the second to parare
to prepare, procure. See Few
, and cf. Parade
comparative Poorer superlative Poorest
- Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
✍ It is often synonymous with indigent and with necessitous denoting extreme want. It is also applied to persons who are not entirely destitute of property, but who are not rich; as, a poor man or woman; poor people.
- (Law) So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
- Hence, in very various applications: Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected; as: (a) Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc. "Seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill-favored and lean-fleshed." Gen. xli. 19. (b) Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits. "His genius . . . poor and cowardly." Bacon. (c) Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. "A poor vessel." Clarendon. (d) Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil. (e) Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture. (f) Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night. (g) Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse.
That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea or apology at the last day.
- Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.
And for mine own poor part,
Look you, I'll go pray.
Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing.
- Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek. "Blessed are the poor in spirit."
Matt. v. 3.
- (Zoöl.) A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod.
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