Definition of poor man in US English:

poor man


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

  • 2Scottish. 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. Now historical.

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


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