(noun, adjective)


1. deserving or inciting pity

- Oh, you poor thing

- his poor distorted limbs

Similar word(s): unfortunate, hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, wretched

2. having little money or few possessions

- deplored the gap between rich and poor countries

- the proverbial poor artist living in a garret

Similar word(s): underprivileged, broke, bust, skint, destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, impecunious, penniless, penurious, pinched, moneyless

3. characterized by or indicating poverty

- the country had a poor economy

- they lived in the poor section of town

Similar word(s): beggarly, mean, slummy

4. lacking in quality or substances

- a poor land

- the area was poor in timber and coal

- food poor in nutritive value

Similar word(s): resourceless

5. of insufficient quantity to meet a need

- a poor salary

- the jejune diets of the very poor

Similar word(s): deficient, insufficient, inadequate, jejune, short

Sentences with poor as an adjective:

- We were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes.

- That was a poor performance.

- Oh you poor little thing.

- Cow's milk is poor in iron.

- I received a poor reward for all my hard work.


1. people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

- the urban poor need assistance

Definition categories: group, people

Sentences with poor as a noun:

- The poor are always with us.