poor


poor
poor
W1S1 [po: US pur] adj comparative poorer superlative poorest
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1¦(no money)¦
2¦(not good)¦
3¦(sympathy)¦
4¦(not good at something)¦
5¦(health)¦
6 poor in something
7 a poor second/third etc
8 the poor man's somebody
9 the poor man's something
10 poor relation
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[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: povre, from Latin pauper]
1.) ¦(NO MONEY)¦
a) having very little money and not many possessions
≠ ↑rich
Her family were so poor they couldn't afford to buy her new clothes.
an area where poor people lived
one of the poorest countries in the world
a poor part of Chicago (=where a lot of poor people live)
My grandparents grew up dirt poor (=very poor) .
desperately/extremely poor
Many of the families are desperately poor.
b) the poor [plural]
people who are poor
It's the government's responsibility to help the poor.
the rural/urban/working poor
tax relief for the working poor
2.) ¦(NOT GOOD)¦
not as good as it could be or should be
The soil in this area is very poor.
poor rates of pay
He blames himself for the team's poor performance .
of poor quality
(=not made well or not made of good materials)
The jacket was of very poor quality.
poor hearing/eyesight/memory
Her hearing is poor, so speak fairly loudly.
make/do a poor job of doing sth
The builders did a really poor job of fixing our roof.
3.) ¦(SYMPATHY)¦ [only before noun]
spoken used to show sympathy for someone because they are so unlucky, unhappy etc
Poor kid, he's had a rough day.
You poor thing , you've had a hard time of it, haven't you?
Poor old Ted was sick for weeks.
4.) ¦(NOT GOOD AT SOMETHING)¦
not good at doing something
a poor public speaker
poor at
He's poor at sports.
5.) ¦(HEALTH)¦
someone whose health is poor is ill or weak for a long period of time
My parents are both in rather poor health .
6.) poor in sth
lacking something that is needed
The country is poor in natural resources.
7.) a poor second/third etc
the act of finishing a race, competition etc a long way behind the person ahead of you
McLean won easily, and Benson was a poor second.
come (in) a poor second/third etc BrE
The Socialists came a poor second with 26.5% of the vote.
8.) the poor man's sb
used to say that someone is like a very famous performer, writer etc but is not as good as they are
He was the poor man's Elvis Presley.
9.) the poor man's sth
used to say that something can be used for the same purpose as something else, and is much cheaper
Herring is the poor man's salmon.
10.) poor relation
BrE someone or something that is not treated as well as other members of a group or is much less successful than they are
poor relation of
Theatre musicians tend to be the poor relations of the musical profession.
be in bad/poor taste attaste1 (6), ↑poorly
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WORD FOCUS: words meaning poor
be hard up/be broke also be skint (BrE informal) to have very little money at the present time and be unable to buy the things that you want
destitute having no money and nowhere to live, especially because something terrible has happened
poverty-stricken very poor
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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