Definition of poor
1a : lacking material possessionsb : of, relating to, or characterized by poverty
2a : less than adequate : meagerb : small in worth
3 : exciting pity <you poor thing>
8 : lacking a normal or adequate supply of something specified —often used in combination <oil-poor countries>
poorishplay \-ish\ adjective
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.
POOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poor for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of poor for Students
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>
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