from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having little or no wealth and few or no possessions.
- adj. Lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium.
- adj. Not adequate in quality; inferior: a poor performance.
- adj. Lacking in value; insufficient: poor wages.
- adj. Lacking in quantity: poor attendance.
- adj. Lacking fertility: poor soil.
- adj. Undernourished; lean.
- adj. Humble: a poor spirit.
- adj. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn't rescue the poor fellow.
- n. People with little or no wealth and possessions considered as a group: The urban poor are in need of homes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. With little or no possessions or money.
- adj. Of low quality.
- adj. To be pitied.
- adj. Deficient in a specified way.
- adj. inadequate, insufficient
- n. Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
- adj. So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
- adj. Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected.
- adj. Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager
- adj. Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected.
- adj. Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean.
- adj. Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land.
- adj. Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit.
- adj. Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable.
- adj. Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant.
- adj. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.
- adj. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
- n. A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing little; destitute of wealth: opposed to rich: as, a poor man; a poor community.
- Lacking means to procure the comforts of life; indigent; needy; necessitous; specifically, in law, so destitute or impoverished as to be dependent upon charity, or upon the poorrates; pauper.
- Deficient in or destitute of desirable or essential qualities; lacking those qualities which render a thing valuable, desirable, suitable, or sufficient for its purpose; inferior; bad: as, poor bread; poor health; cattle in poor condition.
- In particular— Of little consequence; trifling; insignificant; paltry: as, a poor excuse.
- Mean; shabby: as, a poor outfit; poor surroundings.
- Lean; meager; emaciated: as, poor cattle.
- Lacking in fertility; barren; exhausted: as, poor land.
- Lacking in spirit or vigor; feeble; impotent.
- Destitute of merit or worth; barren; jejune: as, a poor discourse; a poor essay.
- Unfortunate; to be pitied or regretted: much used colloquially as a vague epithet indicative of sympathy or pity for one who is sick, feeble, or unhappy, or of regret for one who is dead.
- Miserable; wretched: used in contempt.
- Humble; slight; insignificant: used modestly in speaking of things pertaining to one's self.
- n. In England, a gadoid fish, Gadus minutus.
- To pet in a pitying, compassionate way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
- adj. characterized by or indicating poverty
- adj. not sufficient to meet a need
- adj. having little money or few possessions
- adj. unsatisfactory
- adj. lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances
- adj. deserving or inciting pity
Oh da poor kitteh…(snerk)… hez gettin a automayted baff… (mai eyes are leekin form da laughin)..poor wet kitteh.
But I say also to the poor, '_In your turn have charity for the rich_;' and I say to the rich, '_In your turn respect the poor_.'
"But there's one thing I wish she would do -- poor -- _poor_ Aunt Meda --" he glanced up at the light in the window.
They deny both the justice and expediency of permitting any degree of ignorance or debasement to work the forfeiture of self-ownership, and pronounce slavery continued for such a cause the worst of all, inasmuch as it is the _robbery of the poor because he is poor_.
"Oh, I am too poor, _too poor_," said she, and burst into tears.
The hired servant is called "poor and needy," and the reason assigned by God why he should be paid as soon as he had finished his work is, "For _he is poor_, and setteth his heart upon it."
And poor mamma '-- the faint voice, forgetful of its weakness, grows stronger for a moment, and dwells on that name with measureless compassion --' poor, poor, _poor_ mamma!
The poor man sees the friend, the charity, the answer that is able and ready to help him in need; is it any wonder that he overlooks the source of this power, this plenty, that he forgets the robbery in the robber who is good to the poor?
So she left poor Dick; I say _poor_ Dick, because he had not found any one else.
Tom Singleton and Fred, he became deeply interested in the condition of the poor, and had a special weakness for _poor old women, _ which he exhibited by searching up, and doing good to, every poor old woman in the parish.