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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
poor /pʊr/USA pronunciation adj., -er, -est,n. 

adj. 
  • having little or no money or means of support:He came from a poor family.
  • (of a country, etc.) not well supplied with natural resources or funds:one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • [be + ~] lacking in something (mentioned):a region that is poor in minerals.
  • faulty; inferior;
    below the usual standard:poor workmanship.
  • [before a noun] lacking in ability or training:He was a poor cook.
  • [before a noun] wretched; unfortunate:That poor cat looks so skinny and hungry.
  • not much in amount;
    scanty or meager:poor attendance.

  • n. 
  • the poor, [plural; used with a plural verb] poor persons thought of as a group:aid for the poor.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    poor /pʊə; pɔː/ adj
    1. lacking financial or other means of subsistence; needy
    2. characterized by or indicating poverty: the country had a poor economy
    3. deficient in amount; scanty or inadequate: a poor salary
    4. when postpositive, usually followed by in: badly supplied (with resources, materials, etc): a region poor in wild flowers
    5. lacking in quality; inferior
    6. (prenominal) deserving of pity; unlucky: poor John is ill again
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pauper, poverty

    ˈpoorness n



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