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[poo r-mouth] /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθ/ Informal.

verb (used without object), poor-mouthed
[poo r-moutht, -mouth d] /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd/ (Show IPA), poor-mouthing.
to lament or argue that one is too poor; plead poverty.
verb (used with object), poor-mouthed
[poo r-moutht, -mouth d] /ˈpʊərˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd/ (Show IPA), poor-mouthing.
to declare (one’s ability, power, position, etc.) to be inadequate or disappointing, sometimes as an intentional understatement; downplay:
We know you’re just poor-mouthing your skill at playing bridge—you’re a good player.
noun, Informal.
a person who continually complains about a lack of money.
a plea or complaint of poverty, often as an excuse for not contributing to charities, paying bills, etc.
cry poor mouth, to complain, especially habitually, about a lack of money.
Also, talk a poor mouth.
unjustified complaining, esp to excite sympathy: she always has the poor mouth
verb (transitive)
(informal) to speak of disparagingly; decry


[make a poor mouth, ”to whine, make the worst of things,” is found as Scots dialect by 1822]


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