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Synonyms for poor
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. poor people, poor(adj)

    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, wretched(adj)

    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. poor(adj)

    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. poor(adj)

    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. poor(adj)

    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, short(adj)

    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. poor(adj)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. poor(adjective)

    With little or no possessions or money.

    We were so poor that we couldn't afford shoes.

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

    Antonyms:
    rich

  2. poor(adjective)

    Of low quality.

    That was a poor performance.

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

    Antonyms:
    good

  3. poor(adjective)

    To be pitied.

    Oh you poor little thing.

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

  4. poor(adjective)

    Deficient in a specified way.

    Cow's milk is poor in iron.

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

    Antonyms:
    rich

  5. poor(adjective)

    inadequate, insufficient

    I received a poor reward for all my hard work.

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

    Antonyms:
    adequate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. poor

    Synonyms:
    indigent, moneyless, impecunious, penniless, weak, meagre, insufficient, deficient, faulty, unsatisfactory, inconsiderable, thin, scanty, bald

    Antonyms:
    rich, wealthy, copious, affluent, abundant, liberal, large, ample, moneyed, sufficient, satisfactory, considerable

Editors Contribution

  1. low-income

    Submitted by anonymous on September 24, 2020  

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How to use poor in a sentence?

  1. Dennis Speigel:

    The perception of SeaWorld among the public hasn’t gone away, but it’s not at the [poor] level it was 18 months ago.

  2. Anirban Basu:

    There is the vibrant, beautiful, urban community that is characterized by ongoing renaissance, and the poor, less educated, less visited, which faces more challenges, both Baltimores have been making progress in recent years.

  3. Margaret Kern:

    There are a whole host of related issues involved, including less knowledge and education by the mother and father, if involved in the life at all, which often is not the case, and poor nutrition and other health behaviors.

  4. Ted Heidemann:

    We didn't realize the effect some of the institutional problems had on poor people, some things need to be changed and we are aware of that.

  5. Larry Sandretsky:

    They’re out of time, I think. It’s the time line. Poor planning is what I think.


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