[adj] deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
[adj] yielding little by great labor; "a hardscrabble farm"; "poor soil"
[adj] unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"
[adj] low in degree; "expectations were poor"
[adj] having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
[adj] badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value"
[adj] characterized by or indicating lack of money; "the country had a poor economy"
[adj] not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
[adj] moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy"
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bad, beggarly, broke, bust, deficient, destitute, hapless, hard up, hardscrabble, impecunious, impoverished, in straitened circumstances(p), inadequate, indigent, inferior, insufficient, low, mean, mediocre, miserable, misfortunate, moneyless, necessitous