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Synonyms for poor
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  1. pooradjective

    With little or no possessions or money.

    The poor are always with us.

    Synonyms:
    impoverished, wealthless, pitiable, armEtymology 2, inferior

    Antonyms:
    rich

  2. pooradjective

    Of low quality.

    That was a poor performance.

    Synonyms:
    impoverished, wealthless, armEtymology 2, pitiable, inferior

    Antonyms:
    good

  3. pooradjective

    To be pitied.

    Oh you poor little thing.

    Synonyms:
    inferior, armEtymology 2, pitiable, impoverished, wealthless

  4. pooradjective

    Deficient in a specified way.

    Cow's milk is poor in iron.

    Synonyms:
    inferior, wealthless, pitiable, armEtymology 2, impoverished

    Antonyms:
    rich

  5. pooradjective

    inadequate, insufficient

    I received a poor reward for all my hard work.

    Synonyms:
    wealthless, pitiable, inferior, impoverished, armEtymology 2

    Antonyms:
    adequate

Princeton's WordNet2.0 / 2 votes

  1. poor people, pooradjective

    people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

    "the urban poor need assistance"

    Synonyms:
    poor people

    Antonyms:
    rich people, rich, gilded, sufficient, prosperous, sumptuous, princely, well-off, opulent, grand, plush, deluxe, lavish, lush, easy, flush, good, plushy, moneyed, loaded, luxurious, wealthy, comfortable, well-fixed, well-situated, well-heeled, affluent, lucullan, well-to-do, fortunate

  2. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretchedadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    ridiculous, paltry, deplorable, scummy, woeful, slimy, execrable, suffering, scurvy, vile, low-down, despicable, inadequate, low, miserable, worthless, sad, piteous, hapless, lamentable, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, measly, pathetic, short, wretched, silly, sorry, pitiful, abject, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    rich people, rich, well-off, opulent, well-situated, affluent, princely, moneyed, grand, easy, gilded, deluxe, lush, lucullan, sufficient, sumptuous, loaded, plushy, fortunate, good, prosperous, comfortable, plush, well-heeled, lavish, well-fixed, wealthy, flush, luxurious, well-to-do

  3. pooradjective

    having little money or few possessions

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

    Synonyms:
    short, misfortunate, pathetic, inadequate, pitiable, miserable, piteous, pitiful, wretched, hapless

    Antonyms:
    rich, rich people, easy, lush, well-heeled, well-situated, sumptuous, loaded, princely, grand, sufficient, deluxe, lavish, wealthy, moneyed, flush, plushy, luxurious, affluent, fortunate, well-off, plush, lucullan, well-to-do, gilded, well-fixed, good, prosperous, comfortable, opulent

  4. pooradjective

    characterized by or indicating poverty

    "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"

    Synonyms:
    short, misfortunate, pathetic, inadequate, pitiable, miserable, piteous, pitiful, wretched, hapless

    Antonyms:
    rich people, rich, flush, well-situated, easy, princely, plush, luxurious, well-fixed, well-off, fortunate, loaded, well-heeled, sumptuous, wealthy, moneyed, lucullan, grand, well-to-do, affluent, gilded, plushy, lavish, sufficient, deluxe, comfortable, lush, prosperous, opulent, good

  5. pooradjective

    lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances

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

    Synonyms:
    short, misfortunate, pathetic, inadequate, pitiable, miserable, piteous, pitiful, wretched, hapless

    Antonyms:
    rich people, rich, grand, moneyed, sufficient, plushy, plush, flush, loaded, good, lavish, easy, well-fixed, princely, well-heeled, opulent, deluxe, gilded, well-off, fortunate, sumptuous, affluent, luxurious, well-situated, lucullan, well-to-do, lush, prosperous, wealthy, comfortable

  6. inadequate, poor, shortadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    pitiable, pathetic, brusque, brusk, misfortunate, pitiful, hapless, short(p), miserable, curt, light, unequal, unretentive, wretched, myopic, short, scant(p), inadequate, piteous, unforesightful, little, shortsighted, forgetful

    Antonyms:
    rich people, rich, lavish, grand, luxurious, loaded, sumptuous, fortunate, well-fixed, well-off, well-heeled, plush, opulent, flush, deluxe, plushy, sufficient, good, comfortable, lush, prosperous, lucullan, moneyed, well-situated, gilded, well-to-do, affluent, princely, easy, wealthy

  7. pooradjective

    unsatisfactory

    "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor"

    Synonyms:
    short, misfortunate, pathetic, inadequate, pitiable, miserable, piteous, pitiful, wretched, hapless

    Antonyms:
    rich, rich people, well-situated, fortunate, prosperous, affluent, princely, lush, opulent, lavish, well-fixed, wealthy, gilded, sumptuous, flush, sufficient, deluxe, loaded, well-heeled, good, plushy, plush, grand, well-to-do, luxurious, easy, well-off, moneyed, comfortable, lucullan

Editors Contribution3.0 / 11 votes

  1. low-income

    Submitted by anonymous on September 24, 2020  

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How to use poor in a sentence?

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    We falsely attribute to men a determined character - putting together all their yesterdays - and averaging them - we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is the silent poor indeed.

  2. Ryan Nipp:

    The financial burden associated with cancer has been shown to correlate with poor quality of life, high symptom burden, and even survival.

  3. Nicole Spartano:

    We found that poor physical fitness in midlife was linked to more rapid brain aging two decades later, this message may be especially important for people with heart disease or at risk for heart disease, in which we found an even stronger relationship between fitness and brain aging.

  4. Alexandra Feodorovna:

    “I don’t mind whether a person is rich or poor. Once my friend, always my friend.”

  5. Bryan Stevenson:

    He was a poor person who was convicted because he didn't have the money to prove his innocence at trial. He was unable to get the legal help he needed for years. He was convicted based on bad science.


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