[pɔː;pʊə] or [pʊr]
(adj.) unsatisfactory; 'a poor light for reading'; 'poor morale'; 'expectations were poor' .
(adj.) having little money or few possessions; 'deplored the gap between rich and poor countries'; 'the proverbial poor artist living in a garret' .
(adj.) lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances; 'a poor land'; 'the area was poor in timber and coal'; 'food poor in nutritive value' .
(adj.) characterized by or indicating poverty; 'the country had a poor economy'; 'they lived in the poor section of town' .
(superl.) Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
(superl.) So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
(superl.) Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected
(superl.) Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.
(superl.) Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits.
(superl.) Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings.
(superl.) Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil.
(superl.) Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture.
(superl.) Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night.
(superl.) Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse.
(superl.) 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.
(superl.) Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
(n.) A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod.
a. . Indigent, needy, destitute, necessitous, pinched, distressed, penniless, moneyless, IMPECUNIOUS, seedy, reduced, short of money, out of money, without a penny, out of pocket, out of cash, out at the elbows, out at the heels, in need, in want, hard up, in distress, living from hand to mouth, not worth a farthing, not worth a sou, not rich.. Emaciated, lean, thin, meagre, lank, gaunt, skinny, shrunk, fallen away.. Barren, sterile, unfruitful, unfertile, unproductive, fruitless, unprolific.. Trifling, trivial, slight, small, slender, flimsy, insufficient, inadequate, worthless, unimportant, of little use or worth.. Contemptible, despicable, paltry, mean, sorry, beggarly, pitiful, shabby, bad, low.. Feeble, languid, weak, bald, tame, jejune, vapid, cold, frigid, dull, prosing, prosy, prosaic, spiritless.. Miserable, wretched, unfortunate, luckless, ill-fated, ill-starred, unlucky, unhappy.
n. pl. [With The prefixed.] Paupers, indigent people.
SYN:Indigent, moneyless, impecunious, penniless, weak, meagre, insufficient,deficient, faulty, unsatisfactory, inconsiderable, thin, scanty, bald
ANT:Rich, wealthy, copious, affluent, abundant, liberal, large, ample, moneyed,sufficient, satisfactory, considerable
adj. having little or nothing: 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).—ns. Poor′house a house established at the public expense for sheltering the poor: an almshouse; Poor′john (Shak.) a coarse kind of fish the hake when salted.—n.pl. Poor′-laws laws providing for the support of the poor.—adv. Poor′ly.—ns. Poor′ness; Poor′-rate a rate or tax for the support of the poor; Poor′-Rob′in an almanac; Poor's′-box a box for receiving contributions to the poor.—adj. Poor′-spir′ited cowardly: mean.—ns. Poor′-spir′itedness cowardice; Poor's′-roll (Scots law) the list of poor persons who are litigants but unable to pay the expenses of litigation and therefore are allowed to sue in form?pauperis.—Poor man of mutton (Scot.) cold mutton broiled esp. the shoulder; Poor man's herb the hedge-hyssop; Poor Will a common American bird of the genus PhaléŽ›optilus.—The poor poor people collectively: those depending on public or private charity.
To dream that you, or any of your friends, appear to be poor, is significant of worry and losses. See Pauper.
- Then, collecting himself, he added in his usual tone, And what may it be your pleasure to want at so early an hour with the poor Jew? 沃尔特·司各特. 艾凡赫.
- We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯历险记.
- The poor bent, enfeebled creature struck his imagination. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- Poor Oliver tried to keep up with the coach a little way, but was unable to do it, by reason of his fatigue and sore feet. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- I wish to leave the poor girls some little independence, as well as a good name. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- I ran back for a light and there was the poor fellow, a great gash in his throat and the whole place swimming in blood. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Poor Rosamond's vagrant fancy had come back terribly scourged--meek enough to nestle under the old despised shelter. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- Oh, my poor health! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 艰难时事.
- I'm a poor black feckless sheep--childer may clem for aught I can do, unless, parson, yo'd help me? 伊丽莎白·盖斯凯尔. 南方与北方.
- There was no Adrian to superintend and direct, while whole flocks of the poor were struck and killed. 玛丽·雪莱. 最后一个人.
- But some of the poorer free citizens followed mechanic arts, and, as we have already noted, would even pull an oar in a galley for pay. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- In Roman catholic countries, the spirit of devotion is supported altogether by the monks, and by the poorer parochial clergy. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- They even profit by his underselling the poorer workmen who deal in the same way with him. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- And it was chiefly the poorer citizens of Athens who sustained this empire by their most vigorous and incessant personal service. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- The rich grew richer and the poor poorer. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- I wished him good night, and walked out of the shop the richer by that sum, and the poorer by a waistcoat. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- I was sorry; I loved the child, and her loss made me poorer than before. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- Not only was Miss Ainley poorer, but she was even plainer than the other old maid. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- My dear made the best of housekeepers and tried hard to save, but I knew that they were getting poorer and poorer every day. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- In Ireland, the inferior ranks of people are still poorer than in Scotland, and many parts of the country are almost as thinly inhabited. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- Science was valid, art was valid, the poorest grubber in a laboratory was engaged in a real labor, anyone who had found expression in some beautiful object was truly centered. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- She would nurse the poorest whom none else would nurse. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- We should in the present times consider this as a very high price for a pair of stockings to a servant of the poorest and lowest order. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- The suffragist who bases a claim on the so-called logic of democracy is making the poorest possible showing for a good cause. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- Again the shrewd comment: Generally poorest district for light, best for power, thus evening up whole city--the effect of this on investment. 弗兰克·刘易斯·戴尔. 爱迪生的生平和发明.
- But the ruling class do not want remedies; they care only for money, and are as careless of virtue as the poorest of the citizens. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- It was plain that if he were not grateful, he must be the poorest-spirited rascal who had ever found a generous friend. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- The poorest creditable person, of either sex, would be ashamed to appear in public without them. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.
- A view of life in which man obediently allows himself to be made grist for somebody else's mill is the poorest kind of preparation for the work of self-government. 沃尔特·李普曼. 政治序论.
- Among savages, the poorest of all nations, they are scarce of any value. 亚当·斯密. 国富论.