from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Owning much unprofitable land but lacking the capital to improve or maintain it.

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  • adj. Alternative form of land poor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pecuniarily embarrassed through owning much unprofitable land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Poor or in need of ready money while owning or holding much unremunerative land; especially, poor because of the taxes and other maintenance charges against such land.


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  • Seattle is an especially attractive place for brownfield redevelopment for a number of reasons, including that the land-poor Northwestern port city needs to reclaim abandoned properties to grow, said Mr. Williams, whose firm is also redeveloping brownfields in Denver and Parchment, Mich.

    Brownfields Bloom in Seattle

  • "As everyone knows, by the time Gerau de Pallars inherited his estate, the family was land-poor," said Ramon.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • The redistribution of land mainly owned by white commercial farmers to the land-poor black majority has sparked an

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • They were land-poor in this part of the West, owners of thousands of square-mile tracts of land along their right-of-way, deeded to them by the U.S. government for laying track.

    Mistletoe and Holly

  • In truth, he was as land-poor as some fading aristocrat, but he didn't want to have to explain that.

    Red Dog

  • The previous year, 1923, had been a disaster for dry-land farmers, for only six inches of rain had fallen, which meant that even the best fields produced only about two bushels of wheat an acre, not enough to pay for the plowing, and land-poor men like Earl Grebe now found they had barely enough money to pay their store bills.


  • Land obtained from land barons and the monopolies shall be distributed to the landless and the land-poor peasants.


  • Land obtained from land barons and the monopolies shall be distributed to the landless and land-poor.


  • But the mill, all my old employees, with their numerous dependents -- gone, with you left land-poor and without a dollar to pay your taxes.

    The Valley of the Giants

  • "I've always been land-poor," he explained apologetically.

    The Valley of the Giants


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  • Impoverished, young and a bland boor

    The squireen is well-housed but land-poor.

    To attract a rich wife

    And be set up for life

    His campaign begins with a grand tour.

    September 8, 2014