poorhouse

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 poorhouse the state of not having any money

If we keep spending money like this, we'll end up in the poorhouse.


English dictionary. 2014.

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

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

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • 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,… …   English dictionary

  • 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

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

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

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

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