1. (verb) to be dark, sad, disheartened, mournful, sorry, remorseful.
Ehara i te hukarere noa iho nei, engari he huka whakapohe rawa i te tangata, pōuri ana te rā ānō he pō (TWMNT 30/7/1873:85). / It wasn't just snow, but snow that completely blinds a person and the day was so dark it was as if it was night.
2. (verb) to regret.
3. (adjective) be dark, sad, disheartened, mournful, sorry, remorseful, in the dark, not understanding.
Auau tonu tana tono kia whakamāoritia mai ngā pire me ngā kōrero Pāremata, he pōuri nōna, he kore e mātau nōna ki te whai i ngā whakahaere (TTR 1998:204). / He frequently asked for the bills and Parliamentary discussions to be translated into Māori because he was in the dark in not understanding the proceedings..
4. (modifier) sad, depressing, gloomy, distressing.
He kōrero pukukata tēnei, engari rā he kōrero pōuri rawa (TP 11/1906:1). / This is an hilarious story, but it's also a very sad tale.
5. (noun) darkness, sorrow, sadness, gloom, despondency, desolation, dejection.
Ko te wikitoria kei a koe, ko te mehameha ko te pōuri kei a mātou (TP 3/1907:2). / Yours is the victory, while we are left with loneliness and despondency.