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
(of a place) inhabited by people without sufficient money:a poor area with run-down movie theaters and overcrowded schools
2worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality:her work was poormany people are eating a very poor diet
[predic.] (poor in) deficient or lacking in:the water is poor in nutrients
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
(as) poor as a church mouse (or 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).
the poor man's ——
an inferior or cheaper substitute for the thing specified:corduroy has always been the poor man’s velvet
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
take a poor view of
regard with disfavor or disapproval.
Middle English: from Old French poure, from Latin pauper