Learner's definition of POOR
[also more poor; most poor]
1 : having little money or few possessions: not having enough money for the basic things that people need to live properly
We were too poor to buy new clothes.
The organization helps poor families/people.
a poor country/neighborhood
2 : having a very small amount of something— often + in 3 : not good in quality or condition
a poor effort
It was a poor attempt at a joke.
a poor performance
He is in poor condition/health.
She couldn't read the sign because her vision was too poor.
The joke was in poor taste. [=the joke was offensive or not polite]
He has a poor opinion of her. [=he does not think she is good; he does not like her]
4 : not skilled at something: not able to do something well
He was such a poor plumber that he couldn't fix a simple leak.
a poor golfer
She is a poor judge of character.
I am poor [=(more commonly) bad] at math.
5 always used before a noun — used to refer to someone or something in a way that shows sympathy
The poor kitten hurt its paw.
Leave the poor guy alone.
You're all by yourself, you poor thing.
Poor John has been sick for days.
a poor second/third (etc.)
— used to say that someone finished a race or contest a long way behind the winner
1 — used to refer to someone (such as a performer) who is like another person in some ways but not as talented or successful 2 — used to refer to something that is like something else but not as expensive