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poor
[pʊə(r)]
plural noun
también:
  • the poor los pobres
adjective
1. pobre (not rich)
  • the abacus is the poor man's calculator el ábaco es la calculadora de los pobres
2. malo(a) (inferior); escaso(a) (chances, reward)
  • to be in poor health estar mal de salud
  • to have a poor memory tener mala memoria
  • to be poor at maths no ser bueno(a) en matemáticas
  • to be a poor sailor marearse siempre en los barcos
  • the light is poor hay poca luz
  • to be a poor loser ser un/una mal perdedor(ora)
  • in poor taste de mal gusto
3. (expressing pity)
  • poor creature or thing! ¡pobrecillo(a)!
  • poor (old) Tim! ¡pobre Tim!
poor [pʊəʳ]
adjective
poorer (comparative)poorest (superlative)
1 (not rich) [+person, family, country] pobre
a poor family
a poor woman una mujer pobre; a poor man un pobre; poor people gente (f) pobre; personas (f) pobres
the poorer countries a poor neighbourhood how poor is he really? the poorest 20% of the population the reason our schools cannot afford better teachers is because people here are poor the gap between rich and poor regions widened many countries in the Third World are as poor as they have ever been to [get] [become] poorer the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
pewter was the poor man's silver el peltre era la plata de los pobres
/unrefined carbohydrates/ (which included such foods as root vegetables and pulses) /became regarded as the poor man's diet/ a the poor [relation] of sth
they thought that cinema was a or the poor relation of theatre pensaban que el cine era el pariente pobre del teatro
watercolour still seems somehow to be the poor relation of oil painting I used to be proud of this country but now it's the poor relation of Europe too often religious education is the poor relation of the secular curriculum in schools
to be the poorer (for sth)
the nation is the poorer for her death la nación ha sufrido una gran pérdida con su muerte; it left me £5 the poorer me dejó con 5 libras de menos
Hong Kong will be the poorer for becoming a largely Chinese city
to be as poor as a church mouse ser más pobre que las ratas
2 (inferior, bad) [+goods, service] malo; de mala calidad
the wine was poor el vino era malo or de mala calidad; Britain's poor economic performance el bajo rendimiento económico obtenido por Gran Bretaña; she has a very poor attendance record su expediente es muy malo en lo que a asistencia se refiere; they had made a poor job of it habían hecho una chapuza (informal)
the company's poor performance has been blamed on the recession Real Madrid's poor start ot the season our culture would be poorer indeed without her artistry the flat was in a poor state of repair an example of poor workmanship clients who have had poor service will be compensated the company has a poor sales record the poor attendance at dinner that night Steve had made a poor choice
to be a poor imitation of sth ser una burda or pobre imitación de algo
Eastbourne was a poor imitation of the grander public schools I limped along looking like a man doing a poor imitation of Quasimodo News At Ten is a poor imitation of the programme which used to be the greatest television news
his decision shows poor judgment su decisión denota poco juicio
to have a poor opinion of sb tener un concepto poco favorable de algn
to come a poor second (to sth/sb)
he came a poor second in the final race quedó el segundo en la carrera final, a bastante distancia del primero; his family comes a poor second to his career su familia queda relegada a segundo lugar tras su carrera
the days when vocational courses came a poor second to a traditional academic education are becoming a thing of the past he finished a poor third in Sunday's presidential election a poor [substitute] (for sth) they thought the fruit wines were a poor substitute for grape wine a wheelchair, medication, and physical therapy may make his life more bearable, but all of this is a poor substitute for screening and preventive care the sticks they use to clean their teeth are a poor substitute for a good toothbrush example: to set a good/bad example example: to set a good/bad poor example quality: of poor quality
3 (deficient) [+memory] malo; [+soil] pobre; estéril; [+harvest] pobre; escaso
I had a poor education la educación que recibí no fue muy buena; many people eat a poor diet mucha gente tiene una dieta pobre
my poor memory a poor harvest poor wages and working conditions poor housing conditions damp, dark conditions with poor ventilation wherever there is /poor hygiene/ and crowded conditions, the bacterium flourishes this medicine is not suitable for anyone with poor circulation I suffer from poor digestion because of poor communications, the full extent of the devastation is not yet known
poor (Educ) (as mark) deficiente
to be poor [in] sth a food poor in vitamins
soils that are poor in zinc suelos que son pobres en zinc or que tienen bajo contenido en zinc
hearing: to have good/poor hearing visibility: in good visibility visibility: good/poor visibility
4 (untalented)
he was a poor actor era un actor flojo; I'm a poor traveller lo de viajar no lo llevo muy bien; she was a very poor swimmer no era buena nadadora
she would make a strong chief executive, but a poor chairman
to be poor at maths no ser muy bueno en matemáticas
we are poor at marketing ourselves no somos muy buenos a la hora de darnos publicidad
as a nation we are poor at languages to be poor at [doing] sth he was not a team player and poor at accepting orders loser: to be a bad poor loser sailor: to be a bad poor sailor sleeper: to be a bad poor sleeper
5 (unfortunate) pobre
the poor child was hungry el pobre niño tenía hambre; poor little thing! ¡pobrecito!; ¡pobre criaturita!
poor (old) you! you poor (old) thing! ¡pobrecito!
poor Mary's lost all her money la pobre María ha perdido todo su dinero; he's very ill, poor chap está grave el pobre
/poor old Dennis/, he can't do a thing right I feel sorry for that poor child poor chap - he was killed in that air crash when a lot of our athletes were coming back from Paris
a poor little rich girl una pobre niña rica
Jani Allan always was the poor little rich girl... the poor little rich girl is distraught at the prospect of cleaning her own shoes and scrubbing floors
plural noun
the poor los pobres
even the poor have their pride
the rural/urban poor los pobres de las zonas rurales/urbanas
housing for the urban poor in Chile
modifier
poor box (n) cepillo (m) de las limosnas
he had to make up his mind how much he would put in the poor box at the church
poor law (n) (Hist) ley (f) de asistencia pública
the Scottish Poor Law provided no help: the unemployed were obliged to beg the Victorian Poor Law which tried to deal with the very obvious social problems of poverty the early 17th-Century Elizabethan Poor Law the old poor laws, inherited from the sixteenth century
poor white (n) (US) persona pobre de raza blanca
cities like Los Angeles are experiencing some of these ethnic tensions between poor people—poor Latinos and poor blacks and poor whites in some cases A new report out today titled "White Poverty in America" finds the number of poor whites is growing faster than the number of poor blacks
Position of "pobre"
You should generally put pobre after the noun when you mean poor in the sense of "not rich" and before the noun in the sense of "unfortunate":
It's a poor area Es una región pobre
The poor boy was trembling El pobre chico estaba temblando
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