Definitions of poor

  1. Poorness.
  2. 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"
  3. yielding little by great labor; " a hardscrabble farm"; " poor soil"
  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. 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.
  24. 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).
  25. Needy; lean; inferior; sterile; pitiable.
  26. Destitute; indigent; inferior; paltry; pitiable; unhappy.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.