poor: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (poor), [key]
— adj., n. -er, -est,
  1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare.
  2. dependent upon charity or public support.
  3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.
  4. characterized by or showing poverty.
  5. deficient or lacking in something specified: a region poor in mineral deposits.
  6. faulty or inferior, as in construction: poor workmanship.
  7. deficient in desirable ingredients, qualities, or the like: poor soil.
  8. excessively lean or emaciated, as cattle.
  9. of an inferior, inadequate, or unsatisfactory kind: poor health.
  10. lacking in skill, ability, or training: a poor cook.
  11. deficient in moral excellence; cowardly, abject, or mean.
  12. scanty, meager, or paltry in amount or number: a poor audience.
  13. humble; modest: They shared their poor meal with a stranger.
  14. unfortunate; hapless: The poor dog was limping.
  15. extremely poor.
  16. extremely poor; impoverished.
  1. poor persons collectively (usually prec. by the): sympathy for the poor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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