Definition of poor man in English:

poor man


  • 1A man who is poor, especially one who is indigent or needy; a pauper.

  • 2Scottish historical Frequently in form peerman. A simple device for holding a splinter of resinous wood or a fir candle, formerly the ordinary source of artificial light in farmhouses, barns, and cottages.

  • 3New Zealand More fully poorman orange. A small form of grapefruit, used chiefly for marmalade.


Middle English; earliest use found in Ancrene Riwle. From poor + man.


poor man

/ˈpɔː man/ /ˈpʊə man/