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Poor appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Pete's pa pete poked to the pea patch to pick a peck of peas for the poor pink pig in the pine hole pig-pen.

Poor appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Poor Das is a droop.
  • Poor Dan is in a droop.
  • Poor taste wets a troop.
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The word POOR can be typed using only the top row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

Usage statistics for the adjective poor:

spoken English38.57%written English61.43% imaginative writing56.68%informational writing43.32%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective poor:

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The word poor is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective poor

What does poor mean as an attribute of a noun?

Poor is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: poorer | poorest

  1. deserving or inciting pity
  2. having little money or few possessions
  3. characterized by or indicating poverty
    • examples: the country had a poor economy | they lived in the poor section of town
    • antonym: rich
    • similar: beggarly / mean; slummy
  4. lacking in quality or substances
    • examples: a poor land | the area was poor in timber and coal | food poor in nutritive value | the food in the cafeteria was of poor quality
    • antonym: rich
    • similar: resourceless
  5. of insufficient quantity to meet a need

Alternative definition of the adjective poor


  1. With little or no possessions or money.
  2. Of low quality.
  3. To be pitied.
  4. Deficient in a specified way.
  5. inadequate, insufficient

Definition of the noun poor

What does poor mean as a name of something?


  1. people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
    • example: the urban poor need assistance
    • usage: plural / plural form
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of poor: poor people
    • antonym of poor: rich
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
    • more specific words:
      • homeless = poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in
      • needy = needy people collectively

Alternative definition of the noun poor


  1. [qualifier, with "the"] Those people as a group who have little or no possessions or money.


Poor a.k.a. Poór is a fictional character from the 1979 film Hungarian Rhapsody.


Poor is a family name.

Phrases with Poor

Phrases starting with the word Poor:

  1. poor box
  2. poor boy
  3. Poor Cod
  4. Poor Joe
  5. poor law
  6. poor fish
  7. Poor Show
  8. poor devil
  9. Poor Man's
  10. Poor Power
  11. poor rates
  12. Poor Sport
  13. poor people

Phrases ending with the word Poor:

  1. Dirt Poor
  2. Dirt-Poor
  3. Fuel-Poor
  4. Land Poor
  5. Piss-Poor
  6. House Poor
  7. Metal-Poor

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Poor

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Google previewAfrican American Families (2007)

by Angela J. Hattery, Earl Smith

Being poor means living in substandard housing for which one has trouble paying the rent on a regular basis, being behind on one's bills, going without meals each week, and having one's children qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs ...

Google previewRomero's Legacy (2007)

The Call to Peace and Justice by Pilar Hogan Closkey, John P. Hogan

Being poor means being defenseless and insignificant, and this recognition presents us with conflict. No one chooses to be insignificant. Coming from our different backgrounds and families, we cannot opt for insignificance. Moreover, we ...

Google previewWhy Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (2004)

The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated by Robert M. Sapolsky

As a next factor, being poor means that you often can't cope with stressors very efficiently. Because you have no resources in reserve, you can never plan for the future, and can only respond to the present crisis. And when you do, your ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Family History (2017)

The Genealogists' ABC by Jonathan Scott

Has London and Westminster Poor Law Abstracts, and material from Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Manchester.

Google previewA Short Dictionary of the Psalms (1997)

by Jean Pierre Prévost

oppress, do violence to, subjugate, the three nouns fimmi>, cani (poor), and coni (poverty) describe more an objective situation than an interior, subjective one.

Google previewPoverty in America: An Encyclopedia (2008)

An Encyclopedia by Russell M. Lawson, Benjamin A. Lawson

The poor have always been viewed with suspicion by educated middle- and upper-class people who, having rarely experienced poverty, assume that poverty is partly a matter of choice. Nevertheless, there is a strong tradition in America of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Short Story (2015)

by Andrew Maunder

Poor. Relation's. Story". 1852 Work Author: Charles Dickens One oftwo short stories by Charles Dickens that appeared in the Christmas number of Household Words in 1852, A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire. The story was later ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 4: Myth, Manners, and Memory by Charles Reagan Wilson

Poor Whites Both outsiders and native southerners helped create and perpetuate myths about the South's poor whites, some of which had a strong basis in fact. Antebellum English and northern travelers described a white South consisting of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Poverty (2006)

by Mehmet Odekon

Income measures of poverty are rooted in the perspective that an individual, family, or household that lacks sufficient income to cover basic needs such as food and shelter is among the poor. Absolute-income measures of poverty are relatively ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Economics (2005)

by Phyllis Deane, Jessica Kuper

It isnow closelyassociated withthe socalleddependency school, andit indicatesabeliefthatin the worldeconomy thereare centrifugalforces at work, strengthening thepositionofthe already rich 'core'whilekeepingthe'periphery' poor and in ...

Google previewInstant Encyclopaedia of Geography (1993)

by Shatrughna P. Sinha

Poor Soil and Poverty versus Rich Soil and Prosperity In the middle of Pnnesylvania, near Pennsylvania State College, a small tract 13 miles long and 2 or 3 miles wide illustrates the profound effects of the soil. This piece of land is called the ...

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Usage statistics about poor

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective poor:

spoken English38.57%written English61.43% imaginative writing56.68%informational writing43.32%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective poor:


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Quotes about Poor

Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius. (Albert Pike)
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Scrabble value of P3O1O1R1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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