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"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, 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.

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 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 immigrant family.
Opposite
be poor in sth
B2 to have very little of a particular substance or quality: Unfortunately, Iceland is poor in natural resources.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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poornoun [plural]

uk   /pɔːr/ us   /pʊr/
the poor
C1 poor people considered together as a group: housing for the poor
(Definition of poor from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 low quality or standard: The retailer has had two poor Christmases in a row. PinnFund specialized in mortgage loans for borrowers with poor credit. He was fired for poor job performance.
be poor in sth
to have very little of a particular substance or quality: Greece is relatively poor in natural resources.
(Definition of poor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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