EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POOR

Eudora was a mere infant when Phidias bought her of a poor goatherd in Phelle.

He would not adopt a nameless orphan, found with a poor goatherd of Phelle.

Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.

Ask the poor fisherman at the gates, who has been to him as a brother; and he will answer 'Anaxagoras.'

"It is partly for your sake that I wish it, my poor child," said he.

"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.

"I am afraid I should make a poor hand at it," said Mrs. Rushton, smiling.

I doubt me whether the poor old hound will brook the journey.

The poor dog heard the tumult, and leapt to your aid, sir, and we made after him.

The poor devil had consumption, too, and probably he'll never see them again.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "lacking money or resources, destitute; needy, indigent; small, scanty," from Old French povre "poor, wretched, dispossessed; inadequate; weak, thin" (Modern French pauvre), from Latin pauper "poor, not wealthy," from pre-Latin *pau-paros "producing little; getting little," a compound from the roots of paucus "little" (see paucity) and parare "to produce, bring forth" (see pare).

Replaced Old English earm. Figuratively from early 14c. Meaning "of inferior quality" is from c.1300. Of inhabited places from c.1300; of soil, etc., from late 14c. The poor boy sandwich, made of simple but filling ingredients, was invented and named in New Orleans in 1921. To poor mouth "deny one's advantages" is from 1965 (to make a poor mouth "whine" is Scottish dialect from 1822). Slang poor man's ________ "the cheaper alternative to _______," is from 1854.

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