AskDefine | Define poor

Dictionary Definition

poor adj
1 moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy" [syn: mediocre, second-rate]
2 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" [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, wretched]
3 having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret" [ant: rich]
4 characterized by or indicating lack of money; "the country had a poor economy" [ant: rich]
5 low in degree; "expectations were poor"
6 badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value" [ant: rich]
7 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" [syn: inadequate, short]
8 unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"
9 yielding little by great labor; "a hardscrabble farm"; "poor soil" [syn: hardscrabble]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Homophones

  • pour (some accents only)
  • pore (some accents only)
  • paw (some accents only)

Etymology

From poure (French: pauvre), from pauper.

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. With little or no possessions or money.
  2. To be pitied.
    Oh you poor little thing.
  3. Of low quality.
    That was a poor performance.
  4. Those people as a group who have no possessions or money.
    Usage notes: always takes the plural verb.
    the poor are in a bad condition

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

with no possessions or money
to be pitied
of low quality
those with no possessions

Extensive Definition

Poor is an adjective related to a state of poverty, low quality or pity.
People with the surname Poor:
poor in German: Poor

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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