Definition of poor in English:

poor

Syllabification: poor
Pronunciation: /po͝or, pôr
 
 
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adjective

1Lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society: people who were too poor to afford a telephone (as noun the poor) the gap between the rich and the poor has widened
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  • She lives in housing for poor seniors and cannot afford to repair her own vehicle, which she says broke down four years ago.
  • In this way it hopes to boost living standards across a broad swathe of poor rural society.
  • In our developing, but poor and deprived, society it is the task of the government to provide the means of education.
1.1(Of a place) inhabited by people without sufficient money: a poor area with run-down movie theaters and overcrowded schools
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  • India is not the only poor place on earth and violence is not all terrorism related.
  • Whether a place is poor or well-off depends not on the size of the town government building.
  • The church is growing most in poor places like Africa and Asia where infant mortality remains high.
2Worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality: her work was poor many people are eating a very poor diet
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  • The instruments trudge along at a snail's pace and the recording quality is poor at best.
  • Ignatius Street was a particular problem area with the quality of lighting very poor at each end of it.
  • Smoking, poor diet quality and obesity are all clear markers of social disadvantage and a lack of education.
Synonyms
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
2.1 [predic.] (poor in) Deficient or lacking in: the water is poor in nutrients
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  • Today, albeit poor in reception quality, I got to catch familiar faces reading news.
  • To be poor in spirit is to acknowledge one spiritual poverty and brokenness.
  • That's how I feel about most of Burton's work - great in concept, poor in execution.
Synonyms
deficient in, lacking in, wanting in, weak in; short of, low on
2.2 dated Used ironically to deprecate something belonging to or offered by oneself: he is, in my poor opinion, a more handsome young man
3 [attributive] (Of a person) considered to be deserving of pity or sympathy: they inquired after poor Dorothy’s broken hip
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  • I have the greatest sympathy for this poor woman in her tragic loss, but just think about it!
  • And I couldn't help but pity the poor chap who finds himself grappling with one of these after a night out on the sauce with his hot date.
  • I saw it's running until March next year and I pity the poor staff.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Old French poure, from Latin pauper.

Phrases

(as) poor as a church mouse (or as church mice)

Extremely poor.
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  • Is it just sour grapes because I'm poor as a church mouse and live half a planet away from all the action?
  • Everyone was as poor as church mice but you enjoyed life without material things.
  • They have created a public debt of such appalling magnitude that our descendants, for whom we had such high hopes, will come into this world as poor as church mice.

poor little rich boy (or girl)

A wealthy young person whose money brings them no contentment (often used as an expression of mock sympathy).
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  • People may have thought it seemed like it was complaining on our parts - because people looked at us like poor little rich girls who have all this money and are celebrities and yet are complaining about not getting more work.
  • Were her actions not described with such painful clarity and raw truthfulness, it would be easy to dismiss Millie and her angst as the story of another poor little rich girl, playing a dangerous game in a world where she doesn't belong.
  • Its titular heroine is a poor little rich girl, looking for, and ostensibly finding, Mr Right in Vienna during the declining years of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

the poor man's ——

An inferior or cheaper substitute for the thing specified: corduroy has always been the poor man’s velvet
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  • ‘He was not the poor man's Bruce Springsteen,’ says Janet Hackel.
  • Yes, somehow the poor man's Adrian Juste has wound up on - what is by default - the coolest radio station on ‘proper’ radio.
  • Pardon the pun, but I'm what you'd call the poor man's Kevin Bacon.

poor relation

A person or thing that is considered inferior or subordinate to others of the same type or group: for many years radio has been the poor relation of the media
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  • He said: ‘I think the people of Mytholmroyd have felt to be treated like the poor relations of Hebden Bridge, which is an area of outstanding beauty.’
  • Press see authors as poor relations of Bollywood but most authors don't see themselves like that,’ Rana Dasgupta says.
  • According to the survey, livestock farmers remain the poor relations, with sheep farmers' incomes up just 4% to an average €12,900 per annum.

take a poor view of

Regard with disfavor or disapproval.
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  • Alan O'Brien rode his second winner, and his first in Ireland, when the Eddie Hales-trained Shuilan stayed on strongly in the bumper but the stewards took a poor view of the way the 19-year-old used his whip.

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