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English definition of “poor”

poor

adjective  /pʊr/ us  

poor adjective (NO MONEY)

[-er/-est only] having little money or few possessions, or lacking something important: He came from a poor, immigrant family. Most of the world’s poorest countries are in Africa. The country is poor in natural resources.

poor adjective (BAD)

[-er/-est only] of a very low quality or standard; not good: poor eyesight poor grades He’s in very poor health.

poor adjective (DESERVING SYMPATHY)

[not gradable] deserving sympathy: That poor dog looks like it hasn’t been fed in a while.

poor

plural noun  /pʊr/ us  

poor plural noun (NO MONEY)

poor people: She gives a lot of money to the poor.
(Definition of poor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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