- 1lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society
- 2of a low or inferior standard or quality
Using poor: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "poor" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
Many people in this region are too poor to afford basic necessities.
The company's poor performance led to its bankruptcy.
The poor quality of the product made it difficult to sell.
She has a poor sense of direction.
poor Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using poor
something that is not a good enough reason or explanation for something else
His absence from the meeting was a poor excuse for not completing the project on time.
This brand is often referred to as the poor man's Rolex.
His joke about the tragedy was in poor taste and offended many people.
Phrases with poor
This restaurant is known for its poor man's version of lobster.
a child who has grown up in a wealthy family but is often neglected emotionally
Despite having everything, she was a poor little rich kid who craved attention and love.
After losing his job, he was poor as a church mouse and had to rely on his savings.
Origins of poor
from Old French 'povre', from Latin 'pauper'
Summary: poor in Brief
The term 'poor' [pʊər] refers to a lack of sufficient money to live comfortably or to something of low quality. It can describe people, products, or situations, as in 'The company's poor performance led to its bankruptcy.' 'Poor' extends into phrases like 'poor man's something,' and idioms like 'poor taste,' denoting offensiveness. Antonyms include 'wealthy' and 'affluent.'