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English adjective: poor

1. poor deserving or inciting pity

SamplesA hapless victim.
Miserable victims of war.
The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic.
Piteous appeals for help.
Pitiable homeless children.
A pitiful fate.
Oh, you poor thing.
His poor distorted limbs.
A wretched life.

Synonymshapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, wretched



2. poor having little money or few possessions

SamplesDeplored the gap between rich and poor countries.
The proverbial poor artist living in a garret.

Similarbroke, bust, destitute, hard up, impecunious, impoverished, in straitened circumstances, indigent, moneyless, necessitous, needy, penniless, penurious, pinched, poverty-stricken, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke, unprovided for

See alsounderprivileged

Attributefinancial condition


3. poor characterized by or indicating poverty

SamplesThe country had a poor economy.
They lived in the poor section of town.

Similarbeggarly, mean, slummy


4. poor lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances

SamplesA poor land.
The area was poor in timber and coal.
Food poor in nutritive value.



5. poor not sufficient to meet a need

SamplesAn inadequate income.
A poor salary.
Money is short.
On short rations.
Food is in short supply.
Short on experience.

Synonymsinadequate, short

Similardeficient, insufficient


6. poor unsatisfactory

SamplesA poor light for reading.
Poor morale.
Expectations were poor.



English noun: poor

1. poor (group) people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

SamplesThe urban poor need assistance.

Synonymspoor people

Broader (hypernym)people

Narrower (hyponym)homeless, needy

Domain usageplural, plural form

Antonymsrich, rich people

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