Adjective "Poor" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society.
  1. 'the gap between the rich and the poor has widened'
  2. 'Without a well-educated populace we are a poor and intellectually bankrupt society.'
  3. 'The reforms would widen the gap between rich and poor, creating a society of haves and have-nots.'
  4. 'In our developing, but poor and deprived, society it is the task of the government to provide the means of education.'
  5. 'The essays are written by women who either grew up poor or are currently living in poverty.'
  6. 'After retirement, he is still serving the society, especially the poor.'
  7. 'Tarleton says he lives poor for political reasons: he doesn't pay income tax.'
  8. 'The purpose and character of the festival We Are One Family is to unite orphans who have been living in poor conditions.'
  9. 'It is unrealistic to ask rich students to love the spirit of poverty and live as the poor.'
  10. 'The same illustration with the boy can also be translated into our global society where we have poor and wealthy nations.'
  11. 'Narayana is a poor radio mechanic who lives in Vittal, Karnataka, and has a four-member family.'
  12. 'the world's poorest countries'
  13. 'The area surrounding the camp is extremely poor with an unemployment rate of 80 percent.'
  14. 'The church is growing most in poor places like Africa and Asia where infant mortality remains high.'
  15. 'The place was poor beyond the conceptions of a privileged 21 st-century Westerner.'
  16. 'Whether a place is poor or well-off depends not on the size of the town government building.'
  17. 'I live in a poor state that does not allocate sufficient resources to education.'
  18. 'The main poor site in the town was at the Industrial Estate off Monean Junction.'
  19. 'The only negative thing about this is that it only applies to the western world, as other parts of the world are too poor to invest money in similar projects.'
  20. 'A poor place to be when, as he expects, the negotiations begin some time after the next elections.'
  21. 'Many of those youths, identified as coming in from the poor suburbs, battled the police, burned cars and smashed store windows.'
  22. 'Beknazarov represented the remote constituency of Aksy district, a poor region in the south of the country.'
Of a low or inferior standard or quality.
  1. 'her work was poor'
  2. 'Information dissemination and knowledge of law are poor at this level.'
  3. 'Generally I think the police service is pretty poor at disseminating good practice.'
  4. 'In a poor quality second half, the home side added another two goals.'
  5. 'The generally poor and occasionally atrocious quality of the writing doesn't help.'
  6. 'Property services, which were poor at the last inspection have improved little and remain unsatisfactory.'
  7. 'Thai motorists have a new ally in the fight against poor vehicle quality and shoddy after-sales service.'
  8. 'Like Victor Agarwel, I am inclined to think councils are very poor at thinking all the issues through.'
  9. 'Conditions were poor at the turn of the century and employment was at a low ebb.'
  10. 'The quality of the Parke Group Water Scheme is very poor at present and should not be used until further notices.'
  11. 'A local police official blamed shoddy construction and the poor quality of the cement.'
  12. 'The hospital had a good system in place to monitor risks but was poor in learning from the available information.'
  13. 'If the legislature's hardware is poor in quality, its software is even worse.'
  14. 'To be poor in spirit is to acknowledge one spiritual poverty and brokenness.'
  15. 'He was very poor in studies and no amount of scolding or advice made any difference to his attitude.'
  16. 'Children and adults who excel in one area, such as math, are very poor in other areas.'
  17. 'Iraq is relatively poor in species because of the arid nature of much of the country.'
  18. 'Today, Israel is rich in material things but poor in others - the things of the mind.'
(of a person) deserving of pity or sympathy.
  1. 'Pity the poor man born in Glasgow's Shettleston, for example, who is not expected to make 65.'
  2. 'I have the greatest sympathy for this poor woman in her tragic loss, but just think about it!'
  3. 'I mean, I just pity poor William, what the hell that man is going to face as he comes in to open life.'
  4. 'James knew very well what Ben wanted to test, and once again he felt a stab of pity for the poor girl.'
  5. 'The manager instantly began to pity the poor man, but not too much and walked away.'
  6. 'In spite of his less than friendly attitude toward the man, Carson couldn't help feeling some sympathy for the poor guy.'
  7. 'Pity poor Kenneth Welsh, with the weaselly demeanor only a mother could love.'
  8. 'Then lunchtimes: pity the poor teachers who had class last thing before lunch on a Friday.'
  9. 'And I couldn't help but pity the poor chap who finds himself grappling with one of these after a night out on the sauce with his hot date.'
  10. 'Pity the poor guy who had to cut all the peats to keep that warm in the winter.'


1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare.

2. Law. dependent upon charity or public support.

3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.

4. characterized by or showing poverty.

5. deficient or lacking in something specified: a region poor in mineral deposits.

6. faulty or inferior, as in construction: poor workmanship.

7. deficient in desirable ingredie

More examples(as adjective)

"sentiments can be poor in/at/on todays."

"poors can be poor in places."

"people can be poor in spirits."

"sentiments can be poor due to falls."

"results can be poor as somes."

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Middle English: from Old French poure, from Latin pauper.


(as) poor as a church mouse
poor little rich boy (or girl)
the poor man's —
poor relation
take a poor view of