Part of speech: noun

A public establishment for the care of paupers.

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Usage examples "poorhouse":

  1. But it seems so hard for a boy well brought up to go to the poorhouse. - "The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way", Horatio Alger.
  2. " And I guess I'd better go back to the poorhouse and get a meal," said Tom. - "Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Big Woods", Laura Lee Hope.
  3. He's keeper of the town poorhouse. - "Cap'n Warren's Wards", Joseph C. Lincoln.