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Meaning & Definition of Poor in English

English

Poor

/pur/

noun

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

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

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • poor

3. Characterized by or indicating poverty

  • "The country had a poor economy"
  • "They lived in the poor section of town"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • inadequate
  • ,
  • poor
  • ,
  • short

6. Unsatisfactory

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

Examples of using

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
She is poor, but happy.
We are poor because we are honest.