[poo r-doo] /ˈpʊərˌdu/
noun, Chiefly Midland and Central Atlantic States.
[poo r] /pʊər/ adjective, poorer, poorest. 1. having little or no money, goods, or other means of support: a poor family living on welfare. 2. Law. dependent upon charity or public support. 3. (of a country, institution, etc.) meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds. 4. characterized by or showing poverty. 5. deficient or […]
noun 1. a farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers.
- Poor fish
noun phrase An ordinary person, esp regarded as a victim of existential perversity: The poor fish is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t/ They’ve tricked you again, you poor simp (entry form 1919+, variant 1900+)
[poo r-hous] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊs/ noun, plural poorhouses [poo r-hou-ziz] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA) 1. (formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense. /ˈpʊəˌhaʊs; ˈpɔː-/ noun 1. (formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor n. 1781, from poor (n.) + house (n.).