Definition of "poorhouse" [poor•house]

  • (noun) An establishment maintained at public expense as housing for the homeless.

Use "poorhouse" in a sentence

  • "He said that the creditors had held a protracted meeting, and there was one irritating old party who kept suggesting that the poorhouse was the inevitable solution; but finally arrangements were made by which our old friend can keep his shop as long as he lives."
  • "In the building that was known as the poorhouse proper was the main office."
  • "To conceal the fact that the poorhouse was a miserable place to stay would have been an impossibility."

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