Definition of dirt poor in English:

dirt poor

adjective

  • Extremely poor.

    ‘dirt-poor villages’
    • ‘We were not rich, for sure, but we were not poor either - at least not dirt poor.’
    • ‘But until relatively recent times, anybody who worked in farming, except landlords, were dirt poor and worked in abject poverty.’
    • ‘We were taken to villages where people were working on coffee plantations that weren't fair trade and these people were dirt poor.’
    • ‘In a localized hyper inflationary environment gold would serve the same purpose: We've all heard the story of the dirt poor German bus boy who bought his employer's hotel with a single Double-Eagle received just months previous.’
    • ‘And now that the group is a diverse mix of ten countries - from the appallingly opaque to the wildly democratic, the dirt poor to among the world's richest - it cannot hope to move nimbly or even together.’
    • ‘It is less than 30 years ago that the 20 th-century's bloodiest dictator was approaching death, his country still dirt poor, his vision in ruins, with tens of millions of his fellow citizens dead at his hands.’
    • ‘I have basically no career, I hate my job, I'm a homebody, I have a rut and am very independent, I'm dirt poor, my clothes are not the best, and I'm in good shape but not the best.’
    • ‘They weren't dirt poor, but a lot of the family's time and resources were spent looking after her eldest sister, who is intellectually disabled and ‘the inspiration of our lives’, she says.’
    • ‘We are quickly introduced to the main problem at the heart of her troubles: the family is dirt poor, with her husband working as a public transportation driver to support his four kids.’
    • ‘The dirt poor of the nations of the earth cannot buy their way out on airlines.’
    • ‘He grew up dirt poor, worked hard, got into good schools, worked his way up.’
    • ‘You have a vast country which is seen as dirt poor, but which in reality has the biggest middle class in the world.’
    • ‘You must feel like the farmer who was dirt poor until he retired and sold the family farm.’
    • ‘Though they are practically dirt poor, the Evans family is still able to maintain their dignity by being a close knit clan filled with heartwarming laughs and smiles, all the while facing rough adversity.’
    • ‘Al Green has taken what has become an all too familiar story of growing up dirt poor, without any financial or emotional support, and going on to become a superstar and made it salaciously entertaining.’
    • ‘Joy's discussion does not consider the vast proportion of human beings who are, and will continue to be, dirt poor, and those in the thrall of deadly ethnic and religious passions.’
    • ‘For a moment I was childishly angry at my mother, here we were dirt poor and struggling and all along I had a rich father, and even at our worst she could have contacted him for money and didn't.’
    • ‘Lana's family wasn't dirt poor, but they never could have afforded to take Lana, her brother, AND me on a two-week European dream vacation.’
    • ‘They use to be dirt poor, but they're not anymore.’
    • ‘‘Face it, we're dirt poor, and always will be,’ he said bitterly, running from the room.’
    impoverished, poverty-stricken, poor, destitute, penniless, on one's beam-ends, as poor as a church mouse, without a sou, dirt poor, in penury, penurious, impecunious, indigent, needy, needful, in need, in want, unable to make ends meet, down and out, necessitous, beggarly, moneyless, bankrupt, in reduced circumstances

Pronunciation

dirt poor