—adj. 1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare. 2. Law.dependent upon charity or public support.
3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds.
4. characterized by or showing poverty.
5. deficient or lacking in something specified: a region poor in mineral deposits. 6. faulty or inferior, as in construction: poor workmanship. 7. deficient in desirable ingredients, qualities, or the like: poor soil. 8. excessively lean or emaciated, as cattle.
9. of an inferior, inadequate, or unsatisfactory kind: poor health. 10. lacking in skill, ability, or training: a poor cook. 11. deficient in moral excellence; cowardly, abject, or mean.
12. scanty, meager, or paltry in amount or number: a poor audience. 13. humble; modest: They shared their poor meal with a stranger. 14. unfortunate; hapless: The poor dog was limping. 15. poor as a church mouse, extremely poor.
16. poor as Job's turkey, extremely poor; impoverished.
—n. (used with a pl. v.) poor persons collectively (usually prec. by the): sympathy for the poor.