Definition of poor:

part of speech: noun


part of speech: adjective

Needy; lean; inferior; sterile; pitiable.

part of speech: adjective

Without means: needy: spiritless: depressed: ( B.) humble: contrite: wanting in appearance: lean: wanting in strength: weak: wanting in value: inferior: wanting in fertility: sterile: wanting in fitness, beauty, or dignity: trifling: paltry: dear ( endearingly).

part of speech: adverb


part of speech: adjective

Having little or no means; lacking riches; lacking in good qualities; without strength; without beauty; dejected; spiritless; humble; lean; inferior; without fertility; scanty; calling forth tenderness or pity.

Usage examples for poor:

  • Look at the poor little thing's eyes! "Furze the Cruel", John Trevena.
  • Her poor mother had the care of it. "The Virginians", William Makepeace Thackeray.
  • " That poor little thing's gone. "East of the Shadows", Mrs. Hubert Barclay.
  • I am only a poor boy! "Young Knights of the Empire", Sir Robert Baden-Powell.

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