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.).
[poo r-ee] /ˈpʊər i/ noun, plural pooris. 1. a light, round, unleavened wheat bread of India, usually deep-fried.
[poo r-ish] /ˈpʊər ɪʃ/ adjective 1. somewhat ; rather .