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poor

adjective uk   /pɔːr/ us    /pʊr/

poor adjective (NO MONEY)

A1 having little money and/or few possessions: Most of the world's poorest countries are in Africa. He came from a poor immigrant family.
Opposite
Poverty and poor
be poor in sth B2 to have very little of a particular substance or quality: Unfortunately, Iceland is poor in natural resources.Scarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things

poor adjective (BAD)

B2 not good, being of a very low quality, quantity, or standard: a poor harvest Last year's exam results were fairly poor. I was always very poor at maths at school. Dad had been in poor health for several years. At last month's meeting, attendance was poor.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad

poor adjective (DESERVING SYMPATHY)

A2 [before noun] deserving sympathy: That cold sounds terrible, you poor thing! Look at that dog - the poor thing only has three legs.Sympathy and compassion

poor

noun [plural] uk   /pɔːr/ us    /pʊr/
the poor C1 poor people considered together as a group: housing for the poorPoor people
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