Having insufficient wealth to meet the necessities or comforts of life or to live in a manner considered acceptable in a society. Relating to or characterized by poverty: the poor side of town. Deficient or lacking in a specified resource or quality: an area poor in timber and coal; a diet poor in calcium. Not adequate in quality or quantity; inferior: a poor performance; poor wages. Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving: has a poor opinion of the mayor. Undernourished; lean. Used especially of animals. Humble; meek:"Let the humble ones arise, the poor in heart be glad"(John Greenleaf Whittier). Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable: couldn't rescue the poor fellow.