: suffering extreme poverty

Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirt-poor was in 1937

Dictionary Entries Near dirt-poor

Cite this Entry

“Dirt-poor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirt-poor. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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