Synonyms of poor in English:


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See UK English definition of poor

See Spanish definition of pobre


1‘a poor family’

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

rich, wealthy

2‘poor workmanship’

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, 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, rubbishy, pants, a load of pants, grotty
US informal farkakte, weak sauce
North American informal craptacular
vulgar slang crap, crappy
archaic direful
rare egregious


3‘a poor crop of apples’

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

satisfactory, good

4‘poor soil’

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

fertile, productive

5‘tropical oceanic waters are generally poor in nutrients’

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 …

rich in

6‘you poor thing’

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