[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.
/ˈpʊəˌhaʊs; ˈpɔː-/
(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor

1781, from poor (n.) + house (n.).


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