poorhouse

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poor·house

 (po͝or′hous′)
n. Derogatory
An establishment maintained at public expense as housing for the homeless.

poorhouse

(ˈpʊəˌhaʊs; ˈpɔː-)
n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor

poor•house

(ˈpʊərˌhaʊs)

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
(formerly) an institution for paupers maintained at public expense.
[1735–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poorhouse - an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless
establishment - a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
workhouse - a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
Translations

poorhouse

[ˈpʊəhaʊs] N (poorhouses (pl)) [ˈpʊəhaʊzɪz]asilo m de los pobres
References in classic literature ?
Among his patients was the child of the Shiek's daughter--for even this poor, ragged handful of sores and sin has its royal Shiek--a poor old mummy that looked as if he would be more at home in a poor-house than in the Chief Magistracy of this tribe of hopeless, shirtless savages.
I was left on the poor-house steps a little mite of a baby, and Miss Rogers took a liking to me, so I've been there ever since.
Yez wouldn't think her mother died in the poor-house, would yez, now?