poor poor (pr) adjectivepoorer, poorest1. Having little or no wealth and few or no possessions. 2. Lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium. 3. Not adequate in quality; inferior: a poor performance. 4. a. Lacking in value; insufficient: poor wages. b. Lacking in quantity: poor attendance.5. Lacking fertility: poor soil. 6. Undernourished; lean. 7. Humble: a poor spirit. 8. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn”t rescue the poor fellow. noun(used with a pl. verb )People with little or no wealth and possessions considered as a group: The urban poor are in need of homes. poorʹness nounSynonyms: poor, indigent, needy, impecunious, penniless, impoverished, poverty-stricken, destitute. These adjectives mean lacking the money or the means requisite to an adequate or comfortable life. Poor is the most general: “Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness” (Samuel Johnson). Indigent and needy refer to one in need or want: The town government is responsible for assistance to indigent people. Local politicians used to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families. Impecunious and penniless mean having little or no money: “Certainly an impecunious Subaltern was not a catch” (Rudyard Kipling). If the breadwinner deserts the family, it will be left penniless. One who is impoverished has been reduced to poverty: The dictator, whose greed and excesses had produced an impoverished citizenry, fled the country. Poverty-stricken means suffering from poverty and miserably poor: “The poverty-stricken exiles contributed far more, in proportion . . . than the wealthy merchants” (John Lothrop Motley). Destitute means lacking any means of subsistence: Some nations have no middle class; one group is rich, while the other is destitute.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.
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poorpoor(adj) broke (informal), needy, destitute, hard up (informal), poverty-stricken, indigent (formal), impoverished, skint (UK, informal), penniless, badly offantonym: richdeprived, unfortunate, underprivileged, meager, reduced, pitiable, humble, lowly, modestantonym: privilegedweak, inadequate, feeble, meager, inferior, scanty, deficient, mediocre, badantonym: superiorhumble, insignificant, lowly, modestantonym: noble
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