Poor in Scrabble Dictionary

Lookup Word Points and Definitions

What does poor mean? Is poor a Scrabble word?

How many points in Scrabble is poor worth? poor how many points in Words With Friends? What does poor mean? Get all these answers on this page.

Scrabble® and Words with Friends® points for poor

See how to calculate how many points for poor.

Is poor a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word poor is a Scrabble US word. The word poor is worth 6 points in Scrabble:


Is poor a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word poor is a Scrabble UK word and has 6 points:


Is poor a Words With Friends word?

Yes. The word poor is a Words With Friends word. The word poor is worth 7 points in Words With Friends (WWF):


Our tools

Valid words made from Poor

You can make 12 words from 'poor' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.

4 letters words from 'poor'


3 letters words from 'poor'

ROO 3 

2 letters words from 'poor'

OO 2OP 4
OR 2PO 4

All 4 letters words made out of poor

poor opor poor opor oopr oopr poro opro proo rpoo orpo ropo poro opro proo rpoo orpo ropo oorp oorp orop roop orop roop

Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word poor. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in poor.

Definitions and meaning of poor



Inherited from Middle English povre, povere, from Old French (and Anglo-Norman) povre, poure, from Latin pauper, from Old Latin *pavo-pars (literally getting little), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂w- (few, small). Doublet of pauper.

Displaced native arm, wantsome, Middle English unlede (poor) (from Old English unlǣde), Middle English unweli, unwely (poor, unwealthy) (from Old English un- + weliġ (well-to-do, prosperous, rich)).


  • See the Wikipedia article on the pour-poor merger in many kinds of English
  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /poː/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /pʊɹ/, /puɹ/, /pɔɹ/
  • (Indian English) IPA(key): /ˈpʊ(ː)ə(r)/
  • (Received Pronunciation)
    • IPA(key): /pɔː(ɹ)/, old RP pronunciation now so rare that it's not even mentioned by, e.g., the Cambridge English Dictionary: IPA(key): /pʊə(ɹ)/
  • (US)
    • IPA(key): /pʊɚ/, /pʊɹ/, /pɔɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ), -ɔː(ɹ)
  • Homophones: pour, pore (with the pour-poor merger)
  • Homophone: paw (in some non-rhotic accents, with the pour-poor merger)


poor (comparative poorer, superlative poorest)

  1. With no or few possessions or money, particularly in relation to contemporaries who do have them.
    The poor are always with us.
  2. Of low quality.
  3. Used to express pity.
    • Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  4. Deficient in a specified way.
  5. Inadequate, insufficient.
    • a. 1686, Benjamin Calamy, Sermon 1
      That I have wronged no Man, will be a poor plea or apology at the last day.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      The temptation was more than mortal heart could resist. She gave him the promise he sought, stifling the voice of conscience; and as she clung to his neck it seemed to her that heaven was a poor thing compared with a man's love.
  6. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
    • Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Usage notes

When the word "poor" is used to express pity, it does not change the meaning of the sentence. For example, in the sentence "Give this soup to that poor man!", the word "poor" does not serve to indicate which man is meant (and so the sentence expresses exactly the same command as "Give this soup to that man!"). Instead, the word "poor" merely adds an expression of pity to the sentence. (If the meaning were "Give the soup to that [visibly] impoverished man!", the word "poor" would be pronounced with more stress.)

  • (with no or few possessions or money): See Thesaurus:impoverished
  • (of low quality): inferior
  • (to be pitied): pitiable, arm
  • (with no or few possessions): rich, wealthy
  • (of low quality): good
  • (deficient in a specified way): rich
  • (inadequate): adequate
Derived terms
  • deserving poor
  • poorhouse
  • the poor
  • undeserving poor
Related terms


poor pl (plural only)

  1. Poor people as a group. (Nowadays almost always used with the definite article: the poor)



  • poro-, roop



From Walloon porea.


poor m

  1. leek

Old French


poor f (oblique plural poors, nominative singular poor, nominative plural poors)

  1. fear

Source: wiktionary.org
  • lacking the means of support.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)