poor

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adjective \ˈpu̇r, ˈpȯr\

Definition of poor

  1. 1a :  lacking material possessionsb :  of, relating to, or characterized by poverty

  2. 2a :  less than adequate :  meagerb :  small in worth

  3. 3 :  exciting pity you poor thing

  4. 4a :  inferior in quality or valueb :  humble, unpretentiousc :  mean, petty

  5. 5 :  lean, emaciated

  6. 6 :  barren, unproductive —used of land

  7. 7 :  indifferent, unfavorable

  8. 8 :  lacking a normal or adequate supply of something specified —often used in combination oil-poor countries

poorish

play \-ish\ adjective

poorness

noun

Examples of poor in a Sentence

  1. We were too poor to buy new clothes.

  2. The organization helps poor families.

  3. She has a poor vocabulary.

  4. It was a poor attempt at a joke.

  5. He is in poor condition.

  6. She couldn't read the sign because her vision was too poor.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


POOR Defined for English Language Learners

poor

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adjective

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

poor

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adjective \ˈpu̇r\

Definition of poor for Students

poorer

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poorest

  1. 1 :  having little money or few possessions

  2. 2 :  less than enough a poor crop

  3. 3 :  worthy of pity The poor dog was lost.

  4. 4 :  low in quality or condition poor health a poor effort

poorly

adverb


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