1. [ adjective ] deserving or inciting pity
Synonyms: piteous hapless miserable pathetic wretched pitiful pitiable misfortunate

"a hapless victim" "miserable victims of war" "piteous appeals for help" "pitiable homeless children" "a pitiful fate" "couldn't rescue the poor fellow" "his poor distorted limbs" "a wretched life"

Related terms: unfortunate
2. [ adjective ] moderate to inferior in quality
Synonyms: second-rate mediocre

"they improved the quality from mediocre to above average" "he would make a poor spy"

Related terms: inferior
3. [ adjective ] having little money or few possessions

"deplored the gap between rich and poor countries" "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

Related terms: rich broke hard_up moneyless unprovided_for destitute underprivileged financial_condition
4. [ adjective ] low in degree

"expectations were poor"

Related terms: low
5. [ adjective ] characterized by or indicating lack of money

"the country had a poor economy"

Related terms: rich slummy beggarly
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8797
7. [ adjective ] not sufficient to meet a need
Synonyms: short inadequate

"an inadequate income" "a poor salary" "money is short" "on short rations" "food is in short supply" "short on experience"

Related terms: insufficient
8. [ adjective ] badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances

"a poor land" "the area was poor in timber and coal" "food poor in nutritive value"

Related terms: rich resourceless
9. [ adjective ] unsatisfactory

"a poor light for reading" "poor morale"

Related terms: bad
10. [ adjective ] yielding little by great labor
Synonyms: hardscrabble

"a hardscrabble farm" "poor soil"

Related terms: unfruitful
Similar spelling:   Poore