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Meaning of POOR

Pronunciation:  pûr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
  2. [adj]  yielding little by great labor; "a hardscrabble farm"; "poor soil"
  3. [adj]  unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"
  4. [adj]  low in degree; "expectations were poor"
  5. [adj]  having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
  6. [adj]  badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value"
  7. [adj]  characterized by or indicating lack of money; "the country had a poor economy"
  8. [adj]  not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
  9. [adj]  moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy"

POOR is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bad, beggarly, broke, bust, deficient, destitute, hapless, hard up, hardscrabble, impecunious, impoverished, in straitened circumstances(p), inadequate, indigent, inferior, insufficient, low, mean, mediocre, miserable, misfortunate, moneyless, necessitous, needy, pathetic, penniless, penurious, pinched, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poverty-stricken, resourceless, second-rate, short, skint, slum(a), slummy, stone-broke, stony-broke, unfortunate, unfruitful, unprovided for(p), wretched
 Antonyms: rich
 See Also: underprivileged



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Poor\, a. [Compar. {Poorer} (?; 254); superl. {Poorest}.]
    [OE. poure or povre, OF. povre, F. pauvre, L. pauper; the
    first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see
    {Paucity}, {Few}), and the second to parare to prepare,
    procure. See {Few}, and cf. {Parade}, {Pauper}, {Poverty}.]
    1. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or
       goods; needy; indigent.
    Note: It is often synonymous with indigent and with
          necessitous denoting extreme want. It is also applied
          to persons who are not entirely destitute of property,
          but who are not rich; as, a poor man or woman; poor
    2. (Law) So completely destitute of property as to be
       entitled to maintenance from the public.
    3. Hence, in very various applications: Destitute of such
       qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be
       expected; as:
       (a) Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean;
           emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.
           ``Seven other kine came up after them, poor and very
           ill-favored and lean-fleshed.'' --Gen. xli. 19.
       (b) Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as,
           poor health; poor spirits. ``His genius . . . poor and
           cowardly.'' --Bacon.
       (c) Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby;
           mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. ``A poor
           vessel.'' --Clarendon.
       (d) Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; --
           said of land; as, poor soil.
       (e) Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor
           discourse; a poor picture.
       (f) Without prosperous conditions or good results;
           unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor
           business; the sick man had a poor night.
       (g) Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor
                 That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea
                 or apology at the last day.       --Calamy.
    4. 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.
             And for mine own poor part, Look you, I'll go pray.
             Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing. --Prior.
    5. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
       ``Blessed are the poor in spirit.'' --Matt. v. 3.
    {Poor law}, a law providing for, or regulating, the relief or
       support of the poor.
    {Poor man's treacle} (Bot.), garlic; -- so called because it
       was thought to be an antidote to animal poison. [Eng]
       --Dr. Prior.
    {Poor man's weatherglass} (Bot.), the red-flowered pimpernel
       ({Anagallis arvensis}), which opens its blossoms only in
       fair weather.
    {Poor rate}, an assessment or tax, as in an English parish,
       for the relief or support of the poor.
    {Poor soldier} (Zo["o]l.), the friar bird.
    {The poor}, those who are destitute of property; the
       indigent; the needy. In a legal sense, those who depend on
       charity or maintenance by the public. ``I have observed
       the more public provisions are made for the poor, the less
       they provide for themselves.'' --Franklin.
  2. \Poor\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A small European codfish ({Gadus minutus}); -- called also
    {power cod}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are poor, symbolizes neglect of your sexual nature. You may be taking on too many responsibilities and working too hard that you are not taking the time to cater to your sexual self.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. (1.) They had the right of gleaning the fields (Lev. 19:9, 10; Deut. 24:19,21).

(2.) In the sabbatical year they were to have their share of the produce of the fields and the vineyards (Ex. 23:11; Lev. 25:6).

(3.) In the year of jubilee they recovered their property (Lev. 25:25-30).

(4.) Usury was forbidden, and the pledged raiment was to be returned before the sun went down (Ex. 22:25-27; Deut. 24:10-13). The rich were to be generous to the poor (Deut. 15:7-11).

(5.) In the sabbatical and jubilee years the bond-servant was to go free (Deut. 15:12-15; Lev. 25:39-42, 47-54).

(6.) Certain portions from the tithes were assigned to the poor (Deut. 14:28, 29; 26:12, 13).

(7.) They shared in the feasts (Deut. 16:11, 14; Neh. 8:10).

(8.) Wages were to be paid at the close of each day (Lev. 19:13).

In the New Testament (Luke 3:11; 14:13; Acts 6:1; Gal. 2:10; James 2:15, 16) we have similar injunctions given with reference to the poor. Begging was not common under the Old Testament, while it was so in the New Testament times (Luke 16:20, 21, etc.). But begging in the case of those who are able to work is forbidden, and all such are enjoined to "work with their own hands" as a Christian duty (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; Eph. 4:28). This word is used figuratively in Matt. 5:3; Luke 6:20; 2 Cor. 8:9; Rev. 3:17.

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