Poorhouse

  • 1 Poorhouse — Poor house , n. A dwelling for a number of paupers maintained at public expense; an almshouse; a workhouse. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 poorhouse — (n.) 1781, from POOR (Cf. poor) + HOUSE (Cf. house) (n.) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 poorhouse — [poor′hous΄] n. Historical a house or institution for paupers, supported from public funds …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 poorhouse — UK [ˈpɔː(r)ˌhaʊs] / UK [ˈpʊə(r)ˌhaʊs] / US [ˈpʊrˌhaʊs] noun Word forms poorhouse : singular poorhouse plural poorhouses 1) [countable] in the past, a place provided for very poor people who had no homes and were unable to feed themselves 2) the… …

    English dictionary

  • 5 Poorhouse — A poorhouse or workhouse is a government run facility for the support and housing of dependent or needy persons, typically run by a local government entity such as a county or municipality. In Victorian times (for Britain see Poor Law and… …

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  • 6 poorhouse — poor|house [ pur,haus ] noun 1. ) count in the past, a place provided for very poor people who had no homes and were unable to feed themselves 2. ) the poorhouse the state of not having any money: If we keep spending money like this, we ll end up …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 7 poorhouse — [[t]pʊ͟ə(r)haʊs, pɔ͟ː(r) [/t]] poorhouses also poor house N COUNT: usu the N In former times in Britain, a poorhouse was an institution in which poor people could live. It was paid for by the public. I was certain I was on the brink of poverty,… …

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  • 8 poorhouse — poor|house [ˈpo:haus US ˈpur ] n 1.) the state of not having any money ▪ If Jimmy keeps spending like this, he s going to end up in the poorhouse . 2.) a building where very poor people in the past could live and be fed, which was paid for with… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 poorhouse — noun Date: 1792 a place maintained at public expense to house needy or dependent persons …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 poorhouse — /poor hows /, n., pl. poorhouses / how ziz/. (formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense. [1735 45; POOR + HOUSE] * * * …

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  • 11 poorhouse — noun a) A charitable institution where poor or homeless people are lodged b) A workhouse …

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  • 12 poorhouse — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. poverty, retreat, debtor s prison, asylum, harbor, house for paupers, almshouse; see also poverty 1 , shelter …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 poorhouse — n. place for indigent people to stay at public expense …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 14 poorhouse — noun Brit. another term for workhouse …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 poorhouse — n. Workhouse, almshouse …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 16 poorhouse — noun (C) a building in former times where people could live and be fed, which was paid for with public money …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 poorhouse — n eleemosynary institution, house for paupers, Chiefly Brit. almshouse, beadhouse, Brit. workhouse; asylum, retreat, shelter, haven …

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  • 18 poorhouse — poor•house [[t]ˈpʊərˌhaʊs[/t]] n. pl. hous•es [[t] ˌhaʊ zɪz[/t]] (formerly) an institution for paupers maintained at public expense • Etymology: 1735–45 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 poorhouse — /ˈpɔhaʊs/ (say pawhows) noun (formerly) a house in which paupers were maintained at the public expense …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 poorhouse — A place for the care of destitute persons who are unable to support themselves. See alms house; county farm …

    Ballentine's law dictionary