[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' .

Typed by Leona--From WordNet


(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.

Typed by Edmund

Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. 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.[2]. Emaciated, lean, thin, meagre, lank, gaunt, skinny, shrunk, fallen away.[3]. Barren, sterile, unfruitful, unfertile, unproductive, fruitless, unprolific.[4]. Trifling, trivial, slight, small, slender, flimsy, insufficient, inadequate, worthless, unimportant, of little use or worth.[5]. Contemptible, despicable, paltry, mean, sorry, beggarly, pitiful, shabby, bad, low.[6]. Feeble, languid, weak, bald, tame, jejune, vapid, cold, frigid, dull, prosing, prosy, prosaic, spiritless.[7]. Miserable, wretched, unfortunate, luckless, ill-fated, ill-starred, unlucky, unhappy.

n. pl. [With The prefixed.] Paupers, indigent people.

Edited by Leah

Synonyms and Antonyms

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

Edited by Beverly


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 Phal鎛optilus.—The poor poor people collectively: those depending on public or private charity.

Typist: Ted

Unserious Contents or Definition

To dream that you, or any of your friends, appear to be poor, is significant of worry and losses. See Pauper.

Editor: Wendell


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