Definition of poor in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Latin word for ‘poor’ pauper, is the base of pauper (early 16th century), poverty (Middle English), and poor. The phrase poor as a church mouse, or ‘extremely poor’, comes from the notion that a church mouse must be particularly deprived as it does not have the opportunity to find pickings from a kitchen or larder, and there are few crumbs to be found in a well-swept church. You sometimes hear a wealthy young person whose money appears to bring them no happiness described as poor little rich girl (or boy). Though he did not coin the phrase, Noël Coward certainly popularized it with his 1925 song ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’.
(as) poor as a church mouse (or as church mice)
- Extremely poor.Example sentences
- 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).Example sentences
- 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 velvetMore example sentences
- ‘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.
- 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 mediaMore example sentences
- 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.
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