What is the meaning of poor?


  • People without possessions or wealth (considered as a group. )
    • usage: "the urban poor need assistance"


  • Deserving or inciting pity.
    • usage: "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"
  • Having little money or few possessions.
    • usage: "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
  • Characterized by or indicating poverty.
    • usage: "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"
  • Lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances.
    • usage: "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value"
  • Not sufficient to meet a need.
    • usage: "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
  • Unsatisfactory.
    • usage: "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor"
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APAWordNet. (2010). poor. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/poor/definitions/1181068
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