English - Etymology
From Middle English povre, povere, from Old French (and Anglo-Norman) povre, poure (Modern French pauvre), from Latin pauper (English pauper), from Old Latin *pavo-pars (“getting little”), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₁w- (“smallness”). Cognate with Old English fēawa (“little, few”). Displaced native Middle English earm, arm (“poor”) (from Old English earm; See arm), Middle English wantsum, wantsome (“poor, needy”) (from Old Norse vant (“deficiency, lack, want”), Middle English unlede (“poor”) (from Old English unlǣde, Middle English unweli, unwely (“poor, unwealthy”) (from Old English un- + weliġ (“well-to-do, prosperous, rich”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Adjective
- With little or no possessions or money.
- Of low quality.
To be pitied.
1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
- 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, chapter I:
- Deficient in a specified way.
- Inadequate, insufficient.
- Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
- (little or no possessions): impoverished, wealthless, arm
- (of low quality): inferior
- (to be pitied): pitiable, arm
- See also Wikisaurus:impoverished
- See also Wikisaurus:unhappy
- (having little or no possessions): rich
- (of low quality): good
- (deficient in a specified way): rich
- (inadequate): adequate
English - Noun
- (with "the") Those who have little or no possessions or money, taken as a group.