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.

Usage examples for poor

  1. Care for that poor girl." – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  2. Oh, that poor woman! – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  3. I am only a poor boy! – Young Knights of the Empire by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
  4. I don't care how poor they are! – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  5. Poor little goat, I'm so sorry you have gone! – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  6. She is dead, poor child. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  7. 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
  8. I wonder what you went through, poor dear? – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  9. And my poor mother. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  10. That I'm sure you haven't, poor boy! – Will Warburton by George Gissing
  11. I want help him because he poor. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  12. Oh, my poor love, what is to be done? – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  13. If you are poor you must do the best you can. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  14. 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
  15. Come, we understand one another, and I won't say a word to the poor boy. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  16. Poor little thing, she'm 'ardly strong enough to carry 'em. – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  17. So now I'm very poor. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  18. Put on poor old greatgrandfather. – Ulysses by James Joyce