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adjective poor pronunciation in American English /pʊr/
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  1. 1
    having little money and few possessions

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

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.

      the poor

      people who have little money and few possessions

      the gap between the rich and the poor

  2. 2
    of low quality

    The rebelsdefenses were poor and they were quickly overcome.

    poor light/soil

    1. a.
      used for saying that something is not as good as it should be
  3. 3
    not good enough

    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
  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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