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adjective poor pronunciation in British English /pɔː(r)/poor pronunciation in British English /pʊə(r)/
Word Forms
  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’ defences were poor and they were quickly overcome.

    poor light/soil

    poor health/eyesight/hearing

  3. 3
    formal not skilful

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

  4. 4
    not having enough of something important

    food with poor nutritional value

    a country poor in natural resources

  5. 5
    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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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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