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American English: /pʊr/
, /pɔr/
British English: /pɔː/
, /pʊə/

Translation of poor in Spanish:

adjective -er, -est

  • 1 (not wealthy) I'm really poor at the moment
    ando or estoy de lo más pobre
    materially rich but spiritually poor
    rico en dinero pero pobre de espíritu
    sparkling wine is the poor man's champagne
    el vino espumoso es el champán de los pobres
    the standard model is a poor relation of the coupé
    el modelo estándar es el pariente pobre del cupé
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (unsatisfactory)
    poor in vitamins
    pobre en vitaminas
    the acting was poor
    la interpretación fue pobre
    her vocabulary is very poor for a child of six
    tiene un vocabulario muy pobre para una niña de seis años
    my essay was graded 'poor'
    me pusieron 'insuficiente' en el trabajo
    she has a poor grasp of grammar
    sus conocimientos de gramática no son buenos
    she's a poor golfer
    es una jugadora de golf bastante floja or mala
    theory is a poor substitute for experience
    la teoría no puede reemplazar a la experiencia
    you're setting a very poor example for the others
    les estás dando muy mal ejemplo a los demás
    a remark/joke in poor taste
    un comentario/chiste de mal gusto
    she's in very poor health
    está muy delicada or muy mal de salud
    the weather has been poor all week
    ha hecho mal tiempo toda la semana
    her father took a poor view of the relationship
    su padre no veía la relación con buenos ojos
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (unfortunate) (before noun) poor old Charles got soaked
    el pobre Charles se empapó
    the poor thing hadn't slept in two days
    el pobrecito or el pobre llevaba dos días sin dormir
    you poor thing!
    she's lost it, poor thing
    lo ha perdido, la pobre
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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