Definitions of 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"; " couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; " his poor distorted limbs"; " a wretched life"
  2. yielding little by great labor; " a hardscrabble farm"; " poor soil"
  3. 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"
  4. moderate to inferior in quality; " they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; " he would make a poor spy"
  5. unsatisfactory; " a poor light for reading"; " poor morale"
  6. low in degree; " expectations were poor"
  7. having little money or few possessions; " deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; " the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
  8. badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; " a poor land"; " the area was poor in timber and coal"; " food poor in nutritive value"
  9. characterized by or indicating lack of money; " the country had a poor economy"
  10. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
  11. So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
  12. Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected
  13. Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.
  14. Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits.
  15. Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings.
  16. Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil.
  17. Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture.
  18. Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night.
  19. Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse.
  20. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.
  21. Free from self- assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
  22. A small European codfish ( Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod.
  23. Poorly.
  24. Having little or no means; lacking riches; lacking in good qualities; without strength; without beauty; dejected; spiritless; humble; lean; inferior; without fertility; scanty; calling forth tenderness or pity.
  25. Poorness.
  26. Without means: needy: spiritless: depressed: ( B.) humble: contrite: wanting in appearance: lean: wanting in strength: weak: wanting in value: inferior: wanting in fertility: sterile: wanting in fitness, beauty, or dignity: trifling: paltry: dear ( endearingly).
  27. Needy; lean; inferior; sterile; pitiable.
  28. Destitute; indigent; inferior; paltry; pitiable; unhappy.
  29. Destitute of property; indigent; necessitous; destitute of strength, beauty or dignity; barren; mean; jejune; destitute of worth or weight; of little worth; dejected; destitute of spirit; lean; small; wanting in good qualities; an expression of tenderness, pity or contempt. The poor, those who are destitute of property, and specially such as depend on charity.
  30. Having small means; needy; of little or no use or value; paltry; mean; wanting in strength, beauty, or dignity; not fertile, as a soil; worthy of compassion; spiritless; dejected; lean; emaciated; without good qualities; wretched or miserable, in contempt; in Scrip., humble or contrite.

Antonyms for poor

bountiful, corking, nonpareil, definitive, plenteous, lavish, first-rate, beautiful, superior, bully, borderline, regal, wonderful, keen, premium, famous, unexceptional, out of sight, redundant, terrific, crackerjack, splendid, marvelous, profuse, commensurate, fantastic, incomparable, leafy, agreeable, arable, kinglike, plentiful, full, adapted, hype, heavenly, par excellence, mediocre, high-grade, brave, passable, great, unexampled, first-string, able, riotous, fat, moneyed, prosperous, copious, primo, handcrafted, proliferative, palatable, noble, wealthy, average, blue-chip, supernal, luxurious, better, extra, satisfactory, so-so, comfortable, boffo, prizewinning, unsurpassed, adequate, bang up, green, peachy, gratifying, entire, mean, rich, gilded, royal, neat, galore, gilt-edged, fruitful, exceptional, opulent, inimitable, silk stocking, model, affluent, fine, thriving, peerless, down, good, well-heeled, supererogatory, fecund, paradigmatic, sumptuous, plushy, fairish, prize, deep-pocketed, abounding, easy, productive, flourishing, wizard, lush, divine, fabulous, bumper, fantabulous, slick, bursting, magnificent, fit, sylvan, stellar, quintessential, fat cat, archetypal, elegant, tip-top, lucullan, acceptable, choice, overgrown, refined, perfect, grown, uninspiring, middling, cracking, quality, prolific, bounteous, excess, replete, deluxe, radical, sensational, respectable, matchless, exemplary, sterling, well-off, satisfying, fab, topping, polished, banner, fortunate, peachy keen, handsome, all-right, awesome, undefiled, accurate, capable, first class, numero uno, serviceable, topflight, brag, blooming, unblemished, decent, blue-ribbon, classical, unequaled, top-notch, top of the line, fancy, fertile, capital, O.K., overflowing, jim-dandy, well-to-do, unimpressive, worthy, abundant, loaded, superfluous, well-fixed, excellent, superb, completed, top, fitting, tillable, equal, enough, gangbusters, useful, liberal, surplus, only, swarming, PHAT, dandy, classic, groovy, verdant, unrivaled, unmatched, tasteful, prime, a-ok, FOUR STAR, fair, standard, A1, hot, competent, suitable, unparalleled, teeming, well-situated, ducky, frontline, grand, special, exuberant, righteous, gone, alright, gushing, number one, bonny, generous, swell, copacetic, sufficient, minimal, Jake, kingly, flush, princely, qualified, five-star, supernumerary, ample, unsurpassable, well endowed, luxuriant, plush, spare, superlative, finished, nifty, lovely, textbook, dynamite, hunky-dory, cool, top-shelf, boss, tolerable.

Quotes of poor

  1. But, alas! what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have a higher Design than to get her a Husband? – Mary Astell
  2. As the earth spins through space, a view from above the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world- most of its food, productive machines, doctors, engineers and teachers. A view from the opposite pole would encompass most of the world's poor – Barry Commoner
  3. Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor – Benjamin Disraeli
  4. The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but a stepping -stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich. – Stephen J. Field
  5. The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity. – Carl Jung
  6. War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still poor Materially, not much changed. – Jonathan Lethem
  8. Never dress down for the poor They won't respect you for it. They want their First Lady to look like a million dollars. – Imelda Marcos
  9. I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word, that they were the bibles of the poor – John McGahern
  10. The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor – H. L. Mencken
  11. I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship. – Rose Schneiderman
  12. It is the mind that maketh good of ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor – Edmund Spenser
  13. Perhaps they do not recognize themselves, for a rich man is even harder to define than a poor one. – William Graham Sumner
  14. The circulating medium being issued only by those who labor, they would suddenly become invested with all the wealth and all the power; and those who did not labor, be they ever so rich now, would as suddenly become poor and powerless. – Josiah Warren
  15. And now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you? – George Whitefield

Usage examples for poor

  1. Poor little thing, she'm 'ardly strong enough to carry 'em. – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  2. Put on poor old greatgrandfather. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. I wonder what you went through, poor dear? – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  4. So now I'm very poor – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  5. But how- how did he get them- a poor man like him?" – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  6. And my poor mother. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. She is dead, poor child. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  8. It is poor land. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  9. Is it to the poor – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  10. " Suppose we were poor said she. – Mary Minds Her Business by George Weston
  11. Come, we understand one another, and I won't say a word to the poor boy. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  12. I want help him because he poor – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  13. Oh, my poor love, what is to be done? – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  14. Care for that poor girl." – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  15. I am only a poor boy! – Young Knights of the Empire by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
  16. Oh, that poor woman! – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  17. Poor little goat, I'm so sorry you have gone! – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  18. I don't care how poor they are! – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  19. If you are poor you must do the best you can. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. That I'm sure you haven't, poor boy! – Will Warburton by George Gissing

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