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Meaning of “poor” - Learner’s Dictionary

poor

adjective     /pɔːr/ US  /pʊr/
NO MONEY
A1 having very little money or few possessions: Most of these people are desperately poor. Modern fertilizers are too expensive for poorer countries to afford. housing for the poorPoverty and poor
BAD
B2 of very low quality: poor health Last year's exam results were poor. a poor harvest The meeting went smoothly but attendance was poor (= not many people came).Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad
NO SKILL
B2 not having much skill at a particular activity: She's always been poor at spelling. Sam's a poor swimmer.Not good enough
SYMPATHY [always before noun]
A2 used to show sympathy for someone: That cold sounds terrible, you poor thing.Sympathy and compassion
be poor in sth
B2 If something is poor in a particular substance, it has very little of the substance: Avoid foods which are high in calories but poor in nutrients.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
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