- poor [ pur ] adjective ***▸ 1 lacking money▸ 2 of low quality▸ 3 not good enough▸ 4 not skillful▸ 5 lacking something important▸ 6 less than expected▸ 7 feeling sorry for someone▸ + PHRASES1. ) having little money and few possessions:a poor family/area/countryWe were very poor and could barely afford the necessities of life.a ) the poor people who have little money and few possessions:the gap between the rich and the poor2. ) of low quality: BAD:The rebels' defenses were poor and they were quickly overcome.poor light/soilpoor health/eyesight/hearinga ) used for saying that something is not as good as it should be:poor working/housing/sanitary conditions3. ) not good enough:a poor economic recordHer poor attempts at humor only made the situation worse.4. ) FORMAL not skillful:I was always put with the poorest students in the class.─ opposite GOOD5. ) not having enough of something important:a country poor in natural resources6. ) less than expected or needed:a poor crop of tomatoesWages around here are very poor.Attendance at our meetings this year has been relatively poor.7. ) MAINLY SPOKEN used for showing that you feel sorry for someone:poor (little) boy/child/girl/kid/mite/soul etc.: The poor child had lost both his parents.poor old: Poor old Anthony was left to look after the baby.a poor losersomeone who gets angry when they losea poor man's1. ) used about something that is a less expensive type of a similar but more impressive thing:This car is advertised as the poor man's Rolls Royce.2. ) used about someone who is less successful, popular, etc. when compared with another person:He's a kind of poor man's James Bond.a poor seconda long way behind the winner in a race, competition etc.:My horse came in a poor second.poor relationa person, organization, or country that is considered to be less successful or important than another:Our department has always been treated as a poor relation within the company as a whole.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.