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

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

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, 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

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, 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