having little or no money, goods, or other means of support:a poor family living on welfare.
Law[Law.]dependent upon charity or public support.
(of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.
characterized by or showing poverty.
deficient or lacking in something specified:a region poor in mineral deposits.
faulty or inferior, as in construction:poor workmanship.
Agriculturedeficient in desirable ingredients, qualities, or the like:poor soil.
Zoology, Animal Husbandryexcessively lean or emaciated, as cattle.
of an inferior, inadequate, or unsatisfactory kind:poor health.
lacking in skill, ability, or training:a poor cook.
deficient in moral excellence; cowardly, abject, or mean.
scanty, meager, or paltry in amount or number:a poor audience.
humble; modest:They shared their poor meal with a stranger.
unfortunate; hapless:The poor dog was limping.
Idiomspoor as a church mouse, extremely poor.
Idiomspoor as Job's turkey, extremely poor; impoverished.
(used with a pl. v.) poor persons collectively (usually prec. by the):sympathy for the poor.
Latin pauper. See pauper
Old French povre
Middle English pov(e)re 1150–1200
poor′ness,n. 1. needy, indigent, necessitous, straitened, destitute, penniless, poverty-stricken. Poor,impecunious,impoverished,penniless refer to those lacking money. Poor is the simple term for the condition of lacking means to obtain the comforts of life:a very poor family.Impecunious often suggests that the poverty is a consequence of unwise habits:an impecunious actor.Impoverished often implies a former state of greater plenty, from which one has been reduced:the impoverished aristocracy.Penniless may mean destitute, or it may apply simply to a temporary condition of being without funds:The widow was left penniless with three small children.5. meager. 6. unsatisfactory, shabby. 7. sterile, barren, unfruitful, unproductive. 8. thin, skinny, meager, gaunt. 14. miserable, unhappy, pitiable.1, 5, 7. rich. 1, 3, 4. wealthy.pron In the North and North Midland U.S., the vowel of poor is most often
(ŏŏ).Poor andsurethus contrast withpourandshore:(pŏŏr ),
(pôr), (shôr) or
(pōr), (shōr). In the South Midland and South, the vowel of poor is generally
(ō) (often with the final (r) dropped), which means that in these areas, poor andpourare homophones, as aresureandshore.Both types of pronunciation exist in the British Isles.