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Definitions of poor

  1. Poorness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. yielding little by great labor; "a hardscrabble farm"; "poor soil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. low in degree; "expectations were poor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. characterized by or indicating lack of money; "the country had a poor economy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. Having little or no means; lacking riches; lacking in good qualities; without strength; without beauty; dejected; spiritless; humble; lean; inferior; without fertility; scanty; calling forth tenderness or pity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Without means: needy: spiritless: depressed: (B.) humble: contrite: wanting in appearance: lean: wanting in strength: weak: wanting in value: inferior: wanting in fertility: sterile: wanting in fitness, beauty, or dignity: trifling: paltry: dear (endearingly). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. Needy; lean; inferior; sterile; pitiable. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. Destitute; indigent; inferior; paltry; pitiable; unhappy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Destitute of property; indigent; necessitous; destitute of strength, beauty or dignity; barren; mean; jejune; destitute of worth or weight; of little worth; dejected; destitute of spirit; lean; small; wanting in good qualities; an expression of tenderness, pity or contempt. The poor, those who are destitute of property, and specially such as depend on charity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. Having small means; needy; of little or no use or value; paltry; mean; wanting in strength, beauty, or dignity; not fertile, as a soil; worthy of compassion; spiritless; dejected; lean; emaciated; without good qualities; wretched or miserable, in contempt; in Scrip., humble or contrite. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for poor

  1. Care for that poor girl." – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  2. Oh, that poor woman! – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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