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Meaning & Definition of Poor in English





1. People without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

  • "The urban poor need assistance"
  • poor people,
  • poor


1. Deserving or inciting pity

  • "A hapless victim"
  • "Miserable victims of war"
  • "The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- galsworthy
  • "Piteous appeals for help"
  • "Pitiable homeless children"
  • "A pitiful fate"
  • "Oh, you poor thing"
  • "His poor distorted limbs"
  • "A wretched life"
  • hapless,
  • miserable,
  • misfortunate,
  • pathetic,
  • piteous,
  • pitiable,
  • pitiful,
  • poor,
  • wretched

2. Having little money or few possessions

  • "Deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"
  • "The proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
  • poor

3. Characterized by or indicating poverty

  • "The country had a poor economy"
  • "They lived in the poor section of town"
  • poor

4. Lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances

  • "A poor land"
  • "The area was poor in timber and coal"
  • "Food poor in nutritive value"
  • poor

5. Not sufficient to meet a need

  • "An inadequate income"
  • "A poor salary"
  • "Money is short"
  • "On short rations"
  • "Food is in short supply"
  • "Short on experience"
  • inadequate,
  • poor,
  • short

6. Unsatisfactory

  • "A poor light for reading"
  • "Poor morale"
  • "Expectations were poor"
  • poor

Examples of using

Don't listen to him, Mary. He fooled the poor girl all the way, that rascal!
The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
Of course it's a good thing when someone learning a foreign language tries to use it without fear of making mistakes, but I don't think much of people without sufficient ability producing language learning material of poor quality.