a person or thing considered inferior to another or others: plastic is a poor relation of real leather
An inferior member of a group, as in Many regard Turkey as the poor relation in the European alliance. This expression, first recorded in 1720 for a family member in humble circumstances, began to be used figuratively in the mid-1900s.
/ˈpuːrˌtɪθ/ noun 1. (Scot) a variant of puirtith
/pʊət/ noun 1. (in South Africa) a steep narrow mountain pass, usually following a river or stream
noun, Usually Disparaging and Offensive. 1. a member of a class of white people, especially of the southern U.S., having low social status and little or no money, property, or education. See also . noun 1. (often offensive)
noun, Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. 1. .