Definitions for poor

Definitions for (noun) poor

Main entry: poor, poor people

Definition: people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

Usage: the urban poor need assistance

Definitions for (adj) poor

Main entry: hapless, poor, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, wretched, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic

Definition: deserving or inciting pity

Usage: a hapless victim; miserable victims of war; the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic- Galsworthy; piteous appeals for help; pitiable homeless children; a pitiful fate; Oh, you poor thing; his poor distorted limbs; a wretched life

Main entry: poor

Definition: unsatisfactory

Usage: a poor light for reading; poor morale; expectations were poor

Main entry: poor

Definition: having little money or few possessions

Usage: deplored the gap between rich and poor countries; the proverbial poor artist living in a garret

Main entry: poor

Definition: lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances

Usage: a poor land; the area was poor in timber and coal; food poor in nutritive value

Main entry: poor

Definition: characterized by or indicating poverty

Usage: the country had a poor economy; they lived in the poor section of town

Main entry: inadequate, poor, short

Definition: not sufficient to meet a need

Usage: an inadequate income; a poor salary; money is short; on short rations; food is in short supply; short on experience

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