Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

poor - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective poor pronunciation in British English /pɔː(r)/poor pronunciation in British English /pʊə(r)/
Word Forms
Close
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.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.

      the poor

      people who have little money and few possessions
      the gap between the rich and the poor
      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    of low quality
    The rebels’ defences were poor and they were quickly overcome.
    poor light/soil
    poor health/eyesight/hearing
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      used for saying that something is not as good as it should be
      poor housing conditions
      Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    formal not skilful
    I was always put with the poorest students in the class.
    Synonyms and related words
  4. 4
    not having enough of something important
    food with poor nutritional value
    a country poor in natural resources
    Synonyms and related words
  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.

phrases

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog