poor man's

Definition of poor man's

1 used to refer to someone (such as a performer) who is like another person in some ways but not as talented or successful
  • a young actor who is said to be the poor man's James Dean
2 used to refer to something that is like something else but not as expensive
  • Pewter is the poor man's silver.

Word by Word Definitions

poor play
  1. : lacking material possessions

  2. : of, relating to, or characterized by poverty

  3. : less than adequate : meager

man play
  1. : an individual human

  2. : a man belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation)

  3. : husband

  1. : to supply with people (as for service)

  2. : to station members of a ship's crew at

  3. : to serve in the force or complement of


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