poor - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
adjective 

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/pɔː(r)/

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/pʊə(r)/
adjectivepoor
comparativepoorer
superlativepoorest
  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 rebelsdefences 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
    formal not skilful

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

  4. 4
    not having enough of something important
  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.