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poor - Dictionary definition and meaning for word poor

(noun) people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
Synonyms : poor people
Example Sentence
  • the urban poor need assistance

(adj) deserving or inciting pity
Example Sentence
  • a 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

(adj) having little money or few possessions
Example Sentence
  • deplored the gap between rich and poor countries
  • the proverbial poor artist living in a garret

(adj) characterized by or indicating poverty
Example Sentence
  • the country had a poor economy
  • they lived in the poor section of town

(adj) lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances
Example Sentence
  • a poor land
  • the area was poor in timber and coal
  • food poor in nutritive value

(adj) not sufficient to meet a need
Synonyms : inadequate , short
Example Sentence
  • an inadequate income
  • a poor salary
  • money is short
  • on short rations
  • food is in short supply
  • short on experience

(adj) unsatisfactory
Example Sentence
  • a poor light for reading
  • poor morale
  • expectations were poor

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