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[poo r-hous] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural poorhouses
[poo r-hou-ziz] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
(formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.
Origin of poorhouse
1735-45; poor + house Unabridged
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Examples from the web for poorhouse
  • To live frugal and simple does not necessarily mean to live in poorhouse or inconvenience.
  • Now it turns out that in that one moment, he steered his bank from powerhouse to poorhouse.
  • Having a super big rocket does not make you advanced if it sends you into the poorhouse.
  • Injustice had only to ring their doorbell, and they were off to the poorhouse.
  • The cultural setting from laws to latrines, from penthouse to poorhouse, traveled by jet or on foot.
  • Because of her paralysis, no one wanted the responsibility of caring for her, so she was to be sent to a poorhouse.
  • It remains a region of major military installations, but those who run them and operate their equipment are in the poorhouse.
  • AN artist of the reviewer's acquaintance chanced one day to be sketching near the poorhouse.
  • They struggle in the ghetto to make ends meet but they find themselves on the way to the poorhouse.
  • Most people who were not forced to retire worked as long as possible, in fear of being forced into a poorhouse.
British Dictionary definitions for poorhouse


/ˈpʊəˌhaʊs; ˈpɔː-/
(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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Word Origin and History for poorhouse

1781, from poor (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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