Poor

Definition of Poor

a.1.Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
2.(Law) So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
3.Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected
That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea or apology at the last day.
- Calamy.
4.Worthy of pity or sympathy; - used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.
And for mine own poor part,
Look you, I'll go pray.
- Shak.
Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing.
- Prior.
5.Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
Poor law
a law providing for, or regulating, the relief or support of the poor.
Poor man's treacle
(Bot.) garlic; - so called because it was thought to be an antidote to animal poison.
Poor man's weatherglass
(Bot.) the red-flowered pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), which opens its blossoms only in fair weather.
- Dr. Prior.
Poor rate
an assessment or tax, as in an English parish, for the relief or support of the poor.
Poor soldier
(Zool.) the friar bird.
The poor
those who are destitute of property; the indigent; the needy. In a legal sense, those who depend on charity or maintenance by the public.
- Franklin.
n.1.(Zool.) A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); - called also power cod.

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