Synonyms of poor in English:

poor


See definition of poor

adjective

1‘a poor family’

SYNONYMS
poverty-stricken, impoverished, necessitous, beggarly, in penury, penurious, impecunious, indigent, needy, needful, in need, in want, badly off, low-paid, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, destitute, hard up, short of money, on one's beam-ends, unable to make ends meet, underprivileged, deprived, penniless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, moneyless
bankrupt, bust, insolvent, in debt, in the red
British on the breadline, without a penny, without a penny to one's name
informal broke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers, without two pennies to rub together, without two farthings to rub together, without two brass farthings to rub together
British informal stony broke, skint, in Queer Street
North American informal stone broke
North American informal craptastic
rare pauperized, beggared
ANTONYMS

rich, wealthy

2‘poor workmanship’

SYNONYMS
substandard, below standard, below par, bad, deficient, defective, faulty, imperfect, inferior, mediocre
abject, appalling, abysmal, atrocious, awful, terrible, dismal, dreadful, unsatisfactory, low-grade, second-rate, third-rate, jerry-built, shoddy, crude, tinny, trashy, rubbishy, miserable, wretched, disappointing, lamentable, deplorable, pitiful, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable, execrable, frightful
informal crummy, dire, bum, diabolical, rotten, sad, tatty, tenth-rate
British informal ropy, duff, rubbish, pants, a load of pants, grotty
US informal weak sauce
North American informal craptacular
vulgar slang crap, crappy
archaic direful
rare egregious
ANTONYMS

superior

3‘a poor crop of apples’

SYNONYMS
meagre, scanty, scant, paltry, limited, disappointing, restricted, reduced, modest, insufficient, inadequate, sparse, spare, deficient, negligible, insubstantial, skimpy, short, little, lean, small, slight, slender
miserable, lamentable, pitiful, puny, niggardly, beggarly
informal measly, stingy, pathetic, piddling
rare exiguous
ANTONYMS

satisfactory, good

4‘poor soil’

SYNONYMS
unproductive, barren, unyielding, unfruitful, uncultivatable
depleted, exhausted, bare, arid, sterile
rare infecund
North American rare hardscrabble
ANTONYMS

fertile, productive

5‘tropical oceanic waters are generally poor in nutrients’

SYNONYMS
deficient in, lacking, lacking in, wanting, wanting in, short of, short on, low on, missing, with an insufficiency of, with too few …, with too little …
ANTONYMS

rich in

6‘you poor thing’

SYNONYMS
unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, unhappy, hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, pitiable, pitiful, wretched
ANTONYMS

lucky