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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group);
- Example: "the urban poor need assistance"
[syn: poor people, poor]


ADJECTIVE (6)

1. deserving or inciting pity;
- Example: "a hapless victim"
- Example: "miserable victims of war"
- Example: "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy
- Example: "piteous appeals for help"
- Example: "pitiable homeless children"
- Example: "a pitiful fate"
- Example: "Oh, you poor thing"
- Example: "his poor distorted limbs"
- Example: "a wretched life"
[syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched]

2. having little money or few possessions;
- Example: "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"
- Example: "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

3. characterized by or indicating poverty;
- Example: "the country had a poor economy"
- Example: "they lived in the poor section of town"

4. lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances;
- Example: "a poor land"
- Example: "the area was poor in timber and coal"
- Example: "food poor in nutritive value"

5. not sufficient to meet a need;
- Example: "an inadequate income"
- Example: "a poor salary"
- Example: "money is short"
- Example: "on short rations"
- Example: "food is in short supply"
- Example: "short on experience"
[syn: inadequate, poor, short]

6. unsatisfactory;
- Example: "a poor light for reading"
- Example: "poor morale"
- Example: "expectations were poor"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poor \Poor\, a. [Compar. Poorer (?; 254); superl. Poorest.] [OE. poure or povre, OF. povre, F. pauvre, L. pauper; the first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see Paucity, Few), and the second to parare to prepare, procure. See Few, and cf. Parade, Pauper, Poverty.] 1. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent. [1913 Webster] Note: It is often synonymous with indigent and with necessitous denoting extreme want. It is also applied to persons who are not entirely destitute of property, but who are not rich; as, a poor man or woman; poor people. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, in very various applications: Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected; as: (a) Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc. "Seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill-favored and lean-fleshed." --Gen. xli. 19. (b) Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits. "His genius . . . poor and cowardly." --Bacon. (c) Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. "A poor vessel." --Clarendon. (d) Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil. (e) Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture. (f) Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night. (g) Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse. [1913 Webster] That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea or apology at the last day. --Calamy. [1913 Webster] 4. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt. [1913 Webster] And for mine own poor part, Look you, I'll go pray. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 5. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek. "Blessed are the poor in spirit." --Matt. v. 3. [1913 Webster] Poor law, a law providing for, or regulating, the relief or support of the poor. Poor man's treacle (Bot.), garlic; -- so called because it was thought to be an antidote to animal poison. [Eng] --Dr. Prior. Poor man's weatherglass (Bot.), the red-flowered pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), which opens its blossoms only in fair weather. Poor rate, an assessment or tax, as in an English parish, for the relief or support of the poor. Poor soldier (Zool.), the friar bird. The poor, those who are destitute of property; the indigent; the needy. In a legal sense, those who depend on charity or maintenance by the public. "I have observed the more public provisions are made for the poor, the less they provide for themselves." --Franklin. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poor \Poor\, n. (Zool.) A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

poor adj 1: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched] 2: having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret" [ant: rich] 3: characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town" [ant: rich] 4: lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value" [ant: rich] 5: not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience" [syn: inadequate, poor, short] 6: unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor" n 1: people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group); "the urban poor need assistance" [syn: poor people, poor] [ant: rich, rich people]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

390 Moby Thesaurus words for "poor": DP, Lenten, Mickey Mouse, Spartan, abject, abominable, abstemious, against, amateurish, arrant, artless, ascetic, atrocious, attenuated, austere, awful, bad, badly off, bankrupt, bare-handed, barren, base, beggared, beggarly, below par, beneath contempt, broke, bumbling, cadaverous, cheap, cheeseparing, cheesy, chinchy, chintzy, chronic poor, chronic poverty area, coarse, common, con, contemptible, corpselike, crumbling, crummy, debased, decrepit, defective, deficient, degraded, depleted, depraved, depressed class, depressed population, despicable, destitute, destitution, dirty, disappointed, disapprobatory, disapproving, discontented, disenchanted, disgruntled, disgusting, disillusioned, disintegrating, displeased, dissatisfied, dissenting, distressed, down to bedrock, down-and-out, dwarfed, dwarfish, emacerated, emaciate, emaciated, embarrassed, empty-handed, execrable, exhausted, exiguous, famished, faulty, feeble, feeling the pinch, flagrant, flat, flat broke, flawed, flimsy, fortuneless, foul, fourth-class, frugal, fruitless, fulsome, gaudy, ghetto-dwellers, gimcracky, grave, gross, haggard, half-assed, half-starved, hapless, hard up, heinous, hollow-eyed, homely, humble, humble-looking, humble-visaged, humblest, ill, ill off, ill-equipped, ill-fated, ill-furnished, ill-provided, ill-starred, impecunious, impecuniousness, impoverished, impoverishment, in Queer Street, in narrow circumstances, in need, in rags, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, in want, inadept, inadequate, inapt, inattentive, inconclusive, inconsequential, indigence, indigent, indignant, inefficient, inept, inexpert, inferior, infertile, infirm, infrequent, inglorious, innocuous, insignificant, insolvent, insubstantial, insufficient, irregular, jejune, land-poor, lean, least, limited, little, lousy, low, low-class, low-down, low-grade, low-quality, low-test, lowest, lowliest, lowly, luckless, lumpen, mangy, marantic, marasmic, meager, mean, measly, mediocre, meretricious, miserable, miserly, modest, moneyless, monstrous, narrow, necessitous, neediness, needy, nefarious, niggardly, obnoxious, odious, on short commons, on the edge, opposed, opposing, out of pocket, outcasts, paltry, parsimonious, pathetic, pauperism, pauperized, peaked, peaky, pedestrian, penniless, penurious, penury, petty, piddling, pinched, pitiable, pitiful, plain, poky, poorish, poorly off, poorness, poverty subculture, poverty-stricken, privation, punk, puny, rank, rare, reduced, reptilian, rotten, rotten at, rubbishy, ruined, sad, scabby, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scrawny, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, second-best, second-class, second-rate, seedy, seldom met with, seldom seen, shabby, shoddy, short, short of cash, short of funds, short of money, shorthanded, shriveled, simple, skeletal, skill-less, skimp, skimping, skimpy, slender, slight, slim, slipshod, slum-dwellers, small, sorry, spare, sparing, sparse, spotty, sprinkled, squalid, squeezed, star-crossed, starvation, starved, starveling, starving, sterile, stingy, stinted, stone-broke, stony, straitened, strapped, stunted, subsistence, substandard, tabetic, tabid, tacky, teachable, the disadvantaged, the dispossessed, the distressed, the down-and-out, the forgotten man, the have-nots, the needy, the other America, the poor, the powerless, the underprivileged, the urban poor, thin, third-class, third-rate, thoughtless, tight, tinny, trashy, trifling, trivial, trumpery, turned-off, two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny, unacceptable, unappreciative, unapproving, unapt, uncomplimentary, undeft, under par, underdeveloped nation, underfed, undermanned, undernourished, underprivileged, undexterous, undextrous, undistinguished, unfacile, unfavorable, unfed, unfirm, unfortunate, unfruitful, unhappy, unimportant, unintelligent, unlucky, unmentionable, unmoneyed, unnourishing, unnutritious, unpretentious, unproductive, unprofessional, unproficient, unprosperous, unproved, unprovided, unreplenished, unrigorous, unsatisfactory, unskillful, unsolid, unsound, unstable, unsturdy, unsubstantial, unsupplied, unsustained, valueless, vile, want, wasted, watered, watery, weak, weazeny, welfare rolls, wiped out, withered, wizened, worthless, wraithlike, wretched
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Poor The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. (1.) They had the right of gleaning the fields (Lev. 19:9, 10; Deut. 24:19,21). (2.) In the sabbatical year they were to have their share of the produce of the fields and the vineyards (Ex. 23:11; Lev. 25:6). (3.) In the year of jubilee they recovered their property (Lev. 25:25-30). (4.) Usury was forbidden, and the pledged raiment was to be returned before the sun went down (Ex. 22:25-27; Deut. 24:10-13). The rich were to be generous to the poor (Deut. 15:7-11). (5.) In the sabbatical and jubilee years the bond-servant was to go free (Deut. 15:12-15; Lev. 25:39-42, 47-54). (6.) Certain portions from the tithes were assigned to the poor (Deut. 14:28, 29; 26:12, 13). (7.) They shared in the feasts (Deut. 16:11, 14; Neh. 8:10). (8.) Wages were to be paid at the close of each day (Lev. 19:13). In the New Testament (Luke 3:11; 14:13; Acts 6:1; Gal. 2:10; James 2:15, 16) we have similar injunctions given with reference to the poor. Begging was not common under the Old Testament, while it was so in the New Testament times (Luke 16:20, 21, etc.). But begging in the case of those who are able to work is forbidden, and all such are enjoined to "work with their own hands" as a Christian duty (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; Eph. 4:28). This word is used figuratively in Matt. 5:3; Luke 6:20; 2 Cor. 8:9; Rev. 3:17.