• With no or few possessions or money, particularly in relation to contemporaries who do have them.
  • Of low quality.
  • Used to express pity.
  • Deficient in a specified way.
  • Inadequate, insufficient.
  • Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.


  • Poor people as a group. (Nowadays almost always used with the definite article: the poor)


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  • Inherited from Middle English povre, povere, from Old French (and Anglo-Norman) povre, poure, from Latin pauper, from Old Latin *pavo-pars, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂w-. .
  • Displaced native arm#Etymology_2, wantsome, (from Old English unlǣde), Middle English unweli ("poor, unwealthy") (from un- + weliġ).

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