poor-mouth

verb
\ ˈpu̇r-ˌmau̇t͟h How to pronounce poor-mouth (audio) , ˈpȯr-, -ˌmau̇th \
poor-mouthed; poor-mouthing; poor-mouths

Definition of poor-mouth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to plead poverty as a defense or excuse

transitive verb

: to speak disparagingly of

poor mouth

noun

Definition of poor mouth (Entry 2 of 2)

: an exaggerated claim of poverty

First Known Use of poor-mouth

Verb

circa 1930, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1764, in the meaning defined above

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“Poor-mouth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor-mouth. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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