pobre
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pobre(
poh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (impoverished)
a. poor
Magda fue criada en un barrio pobre.Magda grew up in a poor neighborhood.
2. (insufficient)
a. poor
Mi conocimiento de chino es pobre.My knowledge of Chinese is poor.
3. (unfortunate)
a. poor
Ese pobre hombre es un viudo con tres hijos.That poor man is a widower with three children.
4. (mediocre)
a. poor
No lo aceptaron a la universidad por sus pobres calificaciones.They didn't offer him a place at the university because of his poor grades.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
5. (impoverished person)
a. poor person
Hay un pobre en la esquina que limpia los vidrios de los carros por unas monedas.There is a poor person on the corner who cleans car windows for a few coins.
b. beggar
Una pobre me pidió limosna en la entrada del restaurante.A beggar asked me for money at the restaurant entrance.
c. poor man (masculine)
La policía ha intentando varias veces ya mover a ese pobre de las puertas de la catedral.The police have tried several times already to move that poor man away from the cathedral doors.
d. poor woman (feminine)
Siempre aparece la misma pobre pidiendo limosna por las mesas.The same poor woman always turns up begging around the tables.
6. (unfortunate creature)
a. poor thing
¿Por qué vive en la calle aquella mujer? - La pobre no tiene dónde ir.Why does that woman live in the street? - The poor thing has nowhere to go.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
7. (used to express compassion)
a. Poor dear!
¡Pobre! Te ves hambriento.Poor dear! You look hungry.
b. Poor thing!
Mira, encontré esta gatita afuera en la lluvia. - ¡Pobre!Look, I found this kitten outside in the rain. - Poor thing!
pobres
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (impoverished people)
a. the poor (plural)
Con las reformas, se ha podido reducir el porcentaje de los pobres en el país.With the reforms, we've been able to reduce the percentage of the poor in the country.
b. poor people (plural)
Hay muchos pobres que necesitan ayuda en nuestra ciudad.There are a lot of poor people who need help in our city.
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pobre
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (necesitado)
a. poor
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
más pobre que las ratasas poor as a church mouse
3. (desdichado)
a. poor
¡pobre hombre!poor man!
¡pobre de mí!poor me!
pobre de aquél que se atreva a comerse mi raciónwoe betide anyone who dares to eat my portion
4. (mediocre, defectuoso)
a. poor
5. (escaso)
a. poor
una dieta pobre en proteínasa diet with a low protein content
esta región es pobre en recursos naturalesthis region lacks natural resources
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (sin dinero, infeliz)
a. poor person
los pobresthe poor, poor people
¡el pobre!poor thing!
la pobre está siempre luchando por dar de comer a sus hijosthe poor woman is forever struggling to keep her children fed
7. (mendigo)
a. beggar
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pobre
adjective
1 [+persona, familia, barrio] poor
aquí vive gente muy pobre the people who live here are very poor
2 (escaso) poor
sus conocimientos de inglés son muy pobres his knowledge of English is very poor; una dieta pobre en vitaminas a diet poor in vitamins
ha obtenido un resultado bastante pobre en la prueba
3 (indicando compasión) poor
¡pobre hombre! poor man!; poor fellow!; ¡pobre Francisco! poor old Francisco!; ¡pobre de mí! poor me!; ¡pobre de él! poor man!; poor fellow!; ¡pobre de ti si te pillo! you'll be sorry if I catch you!
it'll be tough on you if I catch you!
pobre diablo poor wretch; poor devil
1 (necesitado) poor person; (mendigo) beggar
un pobre a poor man; los pobres the poor; poor people; un pobre pedía dinero a beggar o poor man was asking for money
2 (indicando compasión) poor thing
la pobre estaba mojada the poor thing was wet through
el pobre tiene un
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