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a    lacking financial or other means of subsistence; needy  
b    (as collective n; preceded by the)  
the poor     
2    characterized by or indicating poverty  
the country had a poor economy     
3    deficient in amount; scanty or inadequate  
a poor salary     
4    when postpositive, usually foll by: in   badly supplied (with resources, materials, etc.)  
a region poor in wild flowers     
5    lacking in quality; inferior  
6    giving no pleasure; disappointing or disagreeable  
a poor play     
7    prenominal   deserving of pity; unlucky  
poor John is ill again     
8    poor man's (something)   a (cheaper) substitute for (something)  
     (C13: from Old French povre, from Latin pauper; see pauper, poverty)  
  poorness      n  

      adj     (Chiefly U.S)   extremely poor  
      adj   owning much unprofitable land and lacking the money to maintain its fertility or improve it  
poor box  
      n   a box, esp. one in a church, used for the collection of alms or money for the poor  
poor law  
      n     (English history)   a law providing for the relief or support of the poor from public, esp. parish, funds  
poor man's orange  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal, obsolete   a grapefruit  
poor mouth  
1      (Irish)   unjustified complaining, esp. to excite sympathy  
she always has the poor mouth     
  poor-mouth   tr  
2    Informal   to speak of disparagingly; decry  
poor rate  
      n     (English history)   a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor  
poor relation  
      n   a person or thing considered inferior to another or others  
plastic is a poor relation of real leather     
poor White  
Often offensive  
a    a poverty-stricken and underprivileged White person, esp. in the southern U.S. and South Africa  
b    (as modifier)  
poor White trash     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    badly off, broke     (informal)   destitute, dirt-poor     (informal)   down and out, down at heel, flat broke     (informal)   hard up     (informal)   impecunious, impoverished, indigent, in need, in queer street, in want, necessitous, needy, not have two beans to rub together, on one's beam-ends, on one's uppers, on the breadline, on the rocks, penniless, penurious, poverty-stricken, short, skint     (Brit. slang)   stony-broke     (Brit. slang)   without two pennies to rub together     (informal)  
2    deficient, exiguous, inadequate, incomplete, insufficient, lacking, meagre, measly, miserable, niggardly, pathetic, pitiable, reduced, scant, scanty, skimpy, slight, sparse, straitened  
3    below par, chickenshit     (U.S. slang)   crappy     (slang)   faulty, feeble, for the birds     (informal)   inferior, low-grade, low-rent     (informal chiefly U.S.)   mediocre, no great shakes     (informal)   not much cop     (Brit. slang)   piss-poor     (taboo slang)   poxy     (slang)   rotten     (informal)   rubbishy, second-rate, shabby, shoddy, sorry, strictly for the birds     (informal)   substandard, unsatisfactory, valueless, weak, worthless  
4    bad, bare, barren, depleted, exhausted, fruitless, impoverished, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductive  
5    hapless, ill-fated, luckless, miserable, pathetic, pitiable, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky, wretched  
6    humble, insignificant, lowly, mean, modest, paltry, plain, trivial  
1    affluent, comfortable     (informal)   prosperous, rich, wealthy, well-heeled     (informal)   well-off  
2    abundant, adequate, ample, complete, dense, plentiful, satisfactory, sufficient, thick  
3    excellent, exceptional, first-class, first-rate, satisfactory, superior, valuable  
4    fertile, fruitful, productive, teeming, yielding  
5    fortunate, happy, lucky, successful  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
of extremely poor or unreliable quality ; very low-end
[US];[informal] I shouldn’t have bought that used car, it’s way too janky. / There's hardly anywhere to eat other than a janky food place. Also: jank
something not worthy; something of poor quality; a crap
[Slang] This book is a bag of wank, I am disappointed.
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