Meaning of “poor” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /pɔːr/ US  /pʊr/

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 poor

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).

B2 not having much skill at a particular activity:

She's always been poor at spelling.
Sam's a poor swimmer.
SYMPATHY [ always before noun ]

A2 used to show sympathy for someone:

That cold sounds terrible, you poor thing.
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.

(Definition of “poor” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)