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adjective American English pronunciation: poor /pʊr/ 
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adjectivepoor
comparativepoorer
superlativepoorest
 
  1. 1
    having little money and few possessions

    a poor family/area/country

    We were very poor and could barely afford the necessities of life.

  2. 2
    of low quality

    The rebels' defenses were poor and they were quickly overcome.

    poor light/soil

    poor health/eyesight/hearing

  3. 3
    not good enough

    a poor economic record

    Her poor attempts at humor only made the situation worse.

  4. 4
    formal not skillful

    I was always put with the poorest students in the class.

  5. 5
    not having enough of something important

    food with poor nutritional value

    a country poor in natural resources

  6. 6
    less than expected or needed

    a poor crop of tomatoes

    Wages around here are very poor.

    Attendance at our meetings this year has been relatively poor.

  7. 7
    mainly spoken used for showing that you feel sorry for someone
    poor (little) boy/child/girl/kid/mite/soul etc.:

    The poor child had lost both his parents.

    poor old:

    Poor old Anthony was left to look after the baby.

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