[poo r-hous] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural poorhouses
[poo r-hou-ziz] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
(formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.
(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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 .
noun, Coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and the Bahamas. 1. a heron.
[poo r-lee] /ˈpʊər li/ adverb 1. in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly. adjective 2. in poor health; somewhat ill: I hear she’s been poorly. /ˈpʊəlɪ; ˈpɔː-/ adverb 1. in a poor way or manner; badly adjective 2. (usually postpositive) (informal) in poor health; rather ill: she’s poorly today adv. early 13c., […]