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Synonyms of poor in English:


  • 1 a poor family
    poverty-stricken, penniless, moneyless, impoverished, low-income, necessitous, impecunious, indigent, needy, destitute, pauperized, unable to make ends meet, without a sou;
    insolvent, in debt, without a cent (to one's name)
    informal (flat) broke, hard up, cleaned out, strapped
    formal penurious
    [Antonyms] rich, wealthy
  • 2 poor workmanship
    substandard, below par, bad, deficient, defective, faulty, imperfect, inferior;
    appalling, abysmal, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, unsatisfactory, second-rate, third-rate, tinpot, shoddy, crude, lamentable, deplorable, inadequate, unacceptable
    informal crummy, lame, crappy, dismal, bum, rotten
    [Antonyms] superior
  • 3 a poor crop
    meager, scanty, scant, paltry, disappointing, limited, reduced, modest, insufficient, inadequate, sparse, spare, deficient, insubstantial, skimpy, short, small, lean, slender
    informal measly, stingy, pathetic, piddling
    formal exiguous
    [Antonyms] satisfactory, good
  • 4 poor soil
    arid, sterile
    [Antonyms] fertile, productive
  • 5 the waters are poor in nutrients
    deficient in, lacking in, wanting in, weak in;
    short of, low on
  • 6 you poor thing!
    [Antonyms] lucky
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