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adjective poor pronunciation in British English /pɔː(r)/poor pronunciation in British English /pʊə(r)/
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  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.
    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 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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