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Meaning of “poor” in the English Dictionary

"poor" in British English

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pooradjective

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 ​immigrantfamily.
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be poor in sth B2 to have very little of a ​particularsubstance or ​quality: Unfortunately, Iceland is poor in ​naturalresources.
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poor adjective (BAD)

B2 not good; being of a very ​lowquality, ​quantity, or ​standard: a poor ​harvest Last year's ​examresults were ​fairly poor. I was always very poor atmaths at ​school. Dad had been in poor health for several ​years. At last month's ​meeting, ​attendance was poor.
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poor adjective (DESERVING SYMPATHY)

A2 [before noun] deservingsympathy: That ​coldsoundsterrible, you poor thing! Look at that ​dog - the poor thing only has three ​legs.
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poornoun [plural]

uk   /pɔːr/  us   /pʊr/
the poor C1 poor ​peopleconsidered together as a ​group: housing for the poor
(Definition of poor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poor" in American English

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pooradjective

 us   /pʊr/

poor adjective (NO MONEY)

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

poor adjective (BAD)

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

poor adjective (DESERVING SYMPATHY)

[not gradable] deservingsympathy: That poor ​doglooks like it hasn’t been ​fed in a while.

poorplural noun

 us   /pʊr/

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)

"poor" in Business English

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pooradjective

uk   /pɔːr/  us   /pʊr/
having little ​money and/or few possessions: It's ​offering to ​pay off 10 ​percent of the poor countries' ​debt. He came from a poor ​immigrant family.
not good or ​operating well, or of a ​lowquality or ​standard: The ​retailer has had two poor Christmases in a row. PinnFund ​specialized in ​mortgageloans for borrowers with poor ​credit. He was ​fired for poor ​jobperformance.
be poor in sth to have very little of a particular substance or ​quality: Greece is ​relatively poor in ​naturalresources.
(Definition of poor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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