poor [-er, -est] adj

ME < OFr < L. pauper, poor.

  1. Bereaved; deprived of a loved one; dispossessed of the companionship of a close friend.
  2. Pitiable; unfortunate; pathetic; hapless; wretched.
  3. Lowly; indigent; needy; [fig.] vulnerable; subject to loss.
  4. Sad; lost; forlorn; lonely.
  5. Inferior; less in status; lower in prestige; [fig.] mortal; human; less glorious.
  6. Destitute; needy; penniless; without possession; lacking personal property; [fig.] excluded; not included; left out.
  7. Thrifty; frugal; sparing; stinting; scant; sparse; economical; careful.
  8. Obscure; unknown; unsung; undervalued; nameless; anonymous; not noticed.
  9. Irrelevant; inferior; paltry; inadequate; deficient; insufficient; unsatisfactory; less than ideal.

poor [-er, -est] n

see poor, adj.

  1. Pauper; person who has very little; [fig.] spiritually bereft; emotionally deprived; lacking worth as a person.
  2. Beggar; homeless wanderer; needy individual; destitute person; less fortunate people; those lacking shelter.
  3. Economically disadvantaged people; those with the lowest income; ones who have the least money, goods, property, etc.
  4. Least known people; less esteemed folks; little known ones.