Pauper is an old-fashioned word for someone who is poor — really poor, like the paupers described by Charles Dickens or Mark Twain.

The noun pauper has been around for over 500 years, but today, the word tends to mostly crop up in literature. If people use it in conversation, they tend to use the word self-deprecatingly. "I'm sorry, I can't afford to go with you to the movies. I'm living like a pauper this week, until I get paid."

Definitions of pauper

n a person who is very poor

the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar
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beggar, mendicant
a pauper who lives by begging
a person without a home, job, or property
someone who is starving (or being starved)
a man who is a beggar
a woman who is a beggar
cadger, mooch, moocher, scrounger
someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
sannyasi, sannyasin, sanyasi
a Hindu religious mendicant
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have-not, poor person
a person with few or no possessions

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