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poor

 (po͝or)
adj. poor·er, poor·est
1.
a. Having insufficient wealth to meet the necessities or comforts of life or to live in a manner considered acceptable in a society.
b. Relating to or characterized by poverty: the poor side of town.
2. Deficient or lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.
3. Not adequate in quality or quantity; inferior: a poor performance; poor wages.
4. Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving: has a poor opinion of the mayor.
5. Undernourished; lean. Used especially of animals.
6. Humble; meek: "Let the humble ones arise, the poor in heart be glad" (John Greenleaf Whittier).
7. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn't rescue the poor fellow.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
Poor people considered as a group: The urban poor are in need of homes.

[Middle English poure, from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

poor′ness n.
Usage Note: In informal speech poor is sometimes used as an adverb, as in They never played poorer. In formal usage more poorly would be required in this example.

poor

(pʊə; pɔː)
adj
1.
a. lacking financial or other means of subsistence; needy
b. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the poor.
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 foll by in) badly supplied (with resources, materials, etc): a region poor in wild flowers.
5. lacking in quality; inferior
6. giving no pleasure; disappointing or disagreeable: a poor play.
7. (prenominal) deserving of pity; unlucky: poor John is ill again.
8. poor man's something a (cheaper) substitute for something
[C13: from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pauper, poverty]
ˈpoorness n

poor

(pʊər)

adj. -er, -est,
n. adj.
1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support.
2. Law. dependent upon charity or public support.
3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.
4. characterized by or showing poverty.
5. lacking in something specified: a region poor in mineral deposits.
6. faulty or inferior: poor workmanship.
7. deficient in desirable ingredients or qualities: poor soil.
8. lacking in ability or training: a poor cook.
9. wretched; unfortunate: The poor thing has no friends.
10. scanty or meager: poor attendance.
11. humble; modest.
n.
12. the poor, poor persons collectively: aid for the poor.
[1150–1200; Middle English pov(e)re < Old French povre < Latin pauper]
poor′ish, adj.
poor′ness, n.
syn: poor, impecunious, impoverished, penniless refer to those lacking money. poor is the simple word for the condition of lacking the 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: the impoverished aristocracy. penniless refers to extreme poverty; it means entirely without money: The widow was left penniless.

poor

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poor - people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group); "the urban poor need assistance"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
homeless - poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in; "the homeless became a problem in the large cities"
needy - needy people collectively; "they try to help the needy"
rich, rich people - people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group); "only the very rich benefit from this legislation"
Adj.1.poor - deserving or inciting pitypoor - deserving or inciting pity; "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"
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"
2.poor - having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
underprivileged - lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
rich - possessing material wealth; "her father is extremely rich"; "many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles"
3.poor - characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"
rich - suggestive of or characterized by great expense; "a rich display"
4.poor - lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value"
rich - having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources); "blessed with a land rich in minerals"; "rich in ideas"; "rich with cultural interest"
5.poor - not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
insufficient, deficient - of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement; "insufficient funds"
6.poor - unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"

poor

adjective
1. impoverished, broke (informal), badly off, hard up (informal), short, in need, needy, on the rocks, penniless, destitute, poverty-stricken, down and out, skint (Brit. slang), in want, indigent, down at heel, impecunious, dirt-poor (informal), on the breadline, flat broke (informal), penurious, on your uppers, stony-broke (Brit. slang), necessitous, in queer street, without two pennies to rub together (informal), on your beam-ends He was one of thirteen children from a poor family.
impoverished rich, wealthy, prosperous, affluent, well-off, comfortable (informal), well-heeled (informal)
3. inferior, unsatisfactory, mediocre, second-rate, sorry, weak, pants (informal), rotten (informal), faulty, feeble, worthless, shabby, shoddy, low-grade, below par, substandard, low-rent (informal), crappy (slang), valueless, no great shakes (informal), rubbishy, poxy (slang), piss-poor (slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang), not much cop (Brit. slang), half-pie (N.Z. informal) The wine is very poor. He was a poor actor.
inferior excellent, valuable, superior, first-class, exceptional, satisfactory, first-rate
4. meagre, inadequate, insufficient, reduced, lacking, slight, miserable, pathetic, incomplete, scant, sparse, deficient, skimpy, measly, scanty, pitiable, niggardly, straitened, exiguous poor wages and terrible working conditions A poor crop has sent vegetable prices spiralling.
meagre complete, thick, sufficient, adequate, satisfactory, dense, ample, abundant, plentiful
5. unproductive, barren, fruitless, bad, bare, exhausted, depleted, impoverished, sterile, infertile, unfruitful Mix in some planting compost to improve poor soil when you dig.
unproductive yielding, productive, fertile, fruitful, teeming
Quotations
"The poor man is happy; he expects no change for the worse" [Demetrius]
"The poor always ye have with you" Bible: St. John
"Poor and content is rich and rich enough" [William Shakespeare Othello]

poor

adjective
2. Below a standard of quality:
Idioms: below par, not up to scratch.
3. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: crummy, schlocky.
4. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
5. Arousing or deserving pity:
Translations
بائِس، مَسْكينرَديءفَقيرفَقِير
chudýmizernýnebohýubohýchabý
fattigstakkelsdårlig
köyhäköyhätvaratonheikkolaatuinenkehno
siromašan
szegény
aumingjafátækurlélegur, lakur
貧しい
가난한
vargšas
nabadzīgsnelaimīgs, nabaga-nepietiekamssliktstrūcīgs
fattigstakkarsde fattige
revenslabubog
fattig
maskini
ยากจน
nghèo

poor

[pʊəʳ]
A. ADJ (poorer (compar) (poorest (superl)))
1. (= not rich) [person, family, country] → pobre
a poor womanuna mujer pobre
a poor manun pobre
poor peoplegente f pobre, personas fpl pobres
pewter was the poor man's silverel peltre era la plata de los pobres
they thought that cinema was a or the poor relation of theatrepensaban que el cine era el pariente pobre del teatro
to be the poorer (for sth) the nation is the poorer for her deathla nación ha sufrido una gran pérdida con su muerte
it left me £5 the poorerme dejó con 5 libras de menos
to be as poor as a church mouseser más pobre que las ratas
2. (= inferior, bad) [goods, service] → malo, de mala calidad
the wine was poorel vino era malo or de mala calidad
Britain's poor economic performanceel bajo rendimiento económico obtenido por Gran Bretaña
she has a very poor attendance recordsu expediente es muy malo en lo que a asistencia se refiere
they had made a poor job of ithabían hecho una chapuza
to be a poor imitation of sthser una burda or pobre imitación de algo
his decision shows poor judgmentsu decisión denota poco juicio
to have a poor opinion of sbtener un concepto poco favorable de algn
to come a poor second (to sth/sb) he came a poor second in the final racequedó el segundo en la carrera final, a bastante distancia del primero
his family comes a poor second to his careersu familia queda relegada a segundo lugar tras su carrera
3. (= deficient) [memory] → malo; [soil] → pobre, estéril; [harvest] → pobre, escaso
I had a poor educationla educación que recibí no fue muy buena
many people eat a poor dietmucha gente tiene una dieta pobre
"poor" (Scol) (as mark) → deficiente
soils that are poor in zincsuelos que son pobres en zinc or que tienen bajo contenido en zinc
4. (= untalented) he was a poor actorera un actor flojo
I'm a poor travellerlo de viajar no lo llevo muy bien
she was a very poor swimmerno era buena nadadora
to be poor at mathsno ser muy bueno en matemáticas
we are poor at marketing ourselvesno somos muy buenos a la hora de darnos publicidad
5. (= unfortunate) → pobre
the poor child was hungryel pobre niño tenía hambre
poor little thing!¡pobrecito!, ¡pobre criaturita!
poor (old) you!; you poor (old) thing!¡pobrecito!
poor Mary's lost all her moneyla pobre María ha perdido todo su dinero
he's very ill, poor chapestá grave el pobre
a poor little rich girluna pobre niña rica
see also devil A2
B. NPL
the poorlos pobres
the rural/urban poorlos pobres de las zonas rurales/urbanas
C. CPD poor box Ncepillo m de las limosnas
poor law N (Hist) → ley f de asistencia pública
poor white N (US) persona pobre de raza blanca
see also relief A4
POOR

Position of "pobre"
You should generally put pobre after the noun when you mean poor in the sense of "not rich" and before the noun in the sense of "unfortunate": It's a poor area Es una región pobre The poor boy was trembling El pobre chico estaba temblando

poor

[ˈpʊər ˈpɔːr]
adj
[person] (financially)pauvre; [area, country] → pauvre
a poor family → une famille pauvre
to be poor in sth (= lacking) [+ resources, vitamins] → être pauvre en qch
[person] (= unfortunate) → pauvre
Poor David, he's very unlucky! → Pauvre David, il n'a vraiment pas de chance!
poor old ... → pauvre ...
(= bad) (gen)médiocre; [sight] → faible
a poor mark → une note médiocre
a poor cook
BUT un piètre cuisinier.(e)/ère
poor wages and working conditions → des salaires bas et des conditions de travail médiocres
to be poor at doing sth [person] → ne pas être doué(e) pour faire qch
Hospitals are poor at collecting information
BUT Les hôpitaux ne savent pas collecter l'information comme il se doit.
They are very poor at keeping their customers informed of delays
BUT Ils n'informent que très rarement leurs clients des retards.
[attendance, turnout]
Attendance at the meetings has been very poor → Très peu de gens ont assisté aux réunions.
There was a poor turnout at the election → Il y a eu un fort taux d'abstention aux élections., Peu d'électeurs se sont déplacés.
npl
the poor → les pauvres mpl

poor

adj (+er)
arm; to get or become poorerärmer werden, verarmen; he was now one thousand pounds (the) poorerer war nun um eintausend Pfund ärmer; a poor little rich girlein armes reiches Mädchen; poor whites arme weiße Bevölkerung im Süden der USA; a country poor in natural resourcesein an Bodenschätzen armes Land; to be poor in nutrientsarm an Nährstoffen sein; it’s the poor man’s Mercedes/Monte Carlo (inf)das ist der Mercedes/das Monte Carlo des kleinen Mannes (inf); poor relation (fig)Sorgenkind nt
(= not good)schlecht; (= meagre)mangelhaft; health, effort, performance, excuseschlecht, schwach; sense of responsibility, leadershipschwach; soilmager, schlecht; qualityschlecht, minderwertig; a poor joke (= weak)ein schwacher Witz; (= in bad taste)ein geschmackloser Witz; to show somebody/something in a poor lightjdn/etw in einem schlechten Licht darstellen; to get or become poorer (eyesight, hearing, weather)schlechter werden, sich verschlechtern; she was a very poor swimmersie war ein sehr schlechter Schwimmer; he is a poor traveller/flierer verträgt Reisen/Flugreisen nicht gut; a poor friend you are!du bist mir ein schöner Freund!; fruit wines are a poor substitute for grape wineObstwein ist nur ein armseliger Ersatz für Wein aus Trauben; a poor imitation of somethingeine schlechte or minderwertige Nachahmung von etw; a poor chance of successschlechte Erfolgsaussichten pl; we had a poor time of it last nightgestern Abend lief auch alles schief (inf); only £55? that’s pretty poor, isn’t it?nur £ 55? das ist aber ziemlich wenig!; that’s poor consolationdas ist ein schwacher Trost; it’s a poor thing for Britain if …es ist schlecht für Großbritannien, wenn …; it will be a poor day for the world when …es wird ein schwarzer Tag für die Welt sein, wenn …; this is a pretty poor state of affairsdas sieht aber gar nicht gut aus; it’s very poor of them not to have repliedes ist sehr unhöflich, dass sie uns etc (dat)nicht geantwortet haben; he has a very poor grasp of the subjecter beherrscht das Fach sehr schlecht; he showed a poor grasp of the factser zeigte wenig Verständnis für die Fakten; he is a poor hand at public speakingin der Öffentlichkeit zu sprechen liegt ihm nicht; she was always poor at languagessie war immer schlecht or schwach in Sprachen; hospitals are poor at collecting informationKrankenhäuser sind schlecht im Sammeln von Informationen
(= pitiful, pitiable)arm; you poor (old) chap (inf)du armer Kerl (inf); poor you!du Ärmste(r)!; she’s all alone, poor womansie ist ganz allein, die arme Frau; poor things, they look colddie Ärmsten, ihnen scheint kalt zu sein; poor miserable creature that he is …armseliger Kerl or Tropf (inf), → der er ist …; in my poor opinion (iro)meiner bescheidenen or unmaßgeblichen Meinung nach (iro); it fell to my poor self to …es blieb meiner Wenigkeit (dat)überlassen, zu … (iro)
pl the poordie Armen pl

poor

:
poor box
nArmen- or Almosenbüchse f
poorhouse
n (old)Armenhaus nt (old)
poor laws
plArmengesetze pl

poor

[pʊəʳ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → povero/a; (crop, light, visibility) → scarso/a; (effort, excuse) → misero/a; (memory, health, quality) → cattivo/a
he's a poor loser → non sa perdere
I'm a poor traveller → sopporto male i viaggi
it has a poor chance of success → ha scarse possibilità di successo
it's a poor thing when ... → è deplorevole che... + sub
to be poor at maths → essere debole in matematica
as poor as a church mouse → povero/a in canna
you poor thing! → poverino!
you poor fool! → povero scemo!
2. the poor npli poveri

poor

(puə) adjective
1. having little money or property. She is too poor to buy clothes for the children; the poor nations of the world.
2. not good; of bad quality. His work is very poor; a poor effort.
3. deserving pity. Poor fellow!
ˈpoorness noun
ˈpoorly adverb
not well; badly. a poorly written essay.
adjective
ill. He is very poorly.

poor

فَقِير chudý fattig arm φτωχός pobre köyhä pauvre siromašan povero 貧しい 가난한 arm fattig biedny pobre бедный fattig ยากจน yoksul nghèo 贫穷的

poor

a. pobre, necesitado-a; deficiente;
in ___ conditionen mala condición, en mal estado.
References in classic literature ?
The two were inventors and proverbially poor business men, though they had amassed a fortune.
I was sure glad,' Otto concluded, `that he didn't take his hard feeling out on that poor woman; but he had a sullen eye for me, all right
There is no doubt that the poor will suffer from these cuts, particularly children.
Additionally, the Non-Profit Times 100, which publishes the oldest annual ranking of charities in the country, rated Food For The Poor as the 22nd largest charity in the United States.
To do this, Schwartz endeavors to redeem the reputations of leading 19th-century moral reformers who took it upon themselves to keep the poor from the dread state of pauperism (or welfare dependency) by teaching them how to be industrious, thrifty, and sober.
The poor you have with you always," Jesus informs Judas in the Gospel of John (12:8).
The book and the review together forced a sea change in American attitudes toward the poor.
During 2004 Food For The Poor distributed a record 5,852 tractor-trailers valued at $574 million in food and other assistance in the Caribbean Basin nations that we serve, up from 3,023 tractor-trailers valued at $423 million in 2003," said FFP president Robin Mahfood.
The Scottish poor law system long had a reputation as both more rigorous and more religious than that of the English system.
Within a few months, his responsibility for a war-torn country full of poor Catholics changed him.
The study looks at working poor individuals, aged 18 to 64, who have worked at least 910 hours in a year for pay, and have a low family income, according to the Market Basket Measure of low income.
Calculations of poverty reduction go back to at least 1820, but calculations of the decline in the number of poor are unfair to history.