poor

adjective
\ ˈpu̇r , ˈpȯr \

Definition of poor

1a : lacking material possessions
b : of, relating to, or characterized by poverty
2a : less than adequate : meager
b : small in worth
3 : exciting pity you poor thing
4a : inferior in quality or value
c : mean, petty
6 : barren, unproductive used of land
8 : lacking a normal or adequate supply of something specified often used in combination oil-poor countries

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Other Words from poor

poorish \ ˈpu̇r-​ish , ˈpȯr-​ \ adjective
poorness noun

Examples of poor in a Sentence

We were too poor to buy new clothes. The organization helps poor families. She has a poor vocabulary. It was a poor attempt at a joke. He is in poor condition. She couldn't read the sign because her vision was too poor.
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In 2012, 150 employees threatened to commit suicide over the company's poor conditions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Wisconsin Foxconn Manufacturing Plant May Not Happen After All," 30 Jan. 2019 By mid-year, Samsung was blaming its poor financial performance on weak sales of the S9, and the company had to aggressively slash prices in an effort to move units. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Samsung," 26 Dec. 2018 Realistically, the Mariners eliminated themselves with their poor play out of the All-Star break. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners officially eliminate themselves from AL West title," 18 Sep. 2018 No, not the Bill-Gates-is-poor-compared-to-me super jackpot—just your regular multimillion-dollar kind of thing. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The McLaren 570S Spider Is Your Just-Won-the-Lottery Car," 12 Dec. 2018 When Churchill’s poor, wayward cousin Abigail Masham, portrayed by Emma Stone, enters the picture and begins working as a scullery maid in the queen’s palace, things start getting really interesting. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Though They Look Regal, Sandy Powell’s Costumes for The Favourite Are Grounded in Reality," 20 Nov. 2018 Gaitonde narrates his life from his childhood as the son of a poor monk to mob boss of Mumbai’s Gopalmath district. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 Outlook: Melvern Lake Marina reports: crappie - poor to fair with anglers finding a few keepers in and around established brush piles and in Turkey Creek west of the State Park. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 India’s financial capital struggles to cope with the monsoon deluge every year, drawing criticism of its poor planning. Washington Post, "Mudslide kills 9 in India’s remote mountainous northeast," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of poor

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for poor

Middle English poure, from Anglo-French povre, pore, from Latin pauper; akin to Latin paucus little and to Latin parere to give birth to, produce — more at few, pare

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poor

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of poor

: having little money or few possessions : not having enough money for the basic things that people need to live properly
: having a very small amount of something
: not good in quality or condition

poor

adjective
\ ˈpu̇r \
poorer; poorest

Kids Definition of poor

1 : having little money or few possessions
2 : less than enough a poor crop
3 : worthy of pity The poor dog was lost.
4 : low in quality or condition poor health a poor effort

Other Words from poor

poorly adverb

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