What does the word poorhouse mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Laura Lee Hope
  3. He's keeper of the town poorhouse. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln