Penurious Definition

pə-no͝orē-əs, -nyo͝or-
Poverty-stricken; destitute.
American Heritage
Unwilling to part with money or possessions; mean; miserly; stingy.
Webster's New World
Characterized by extreme poverty; impoverished.
Webster's New World
Scanty or meager.
American Heritage

Miserly; excessively cheap.

The old man died a penurious wretch; eighty-thousand dollars in the mattress and as many holes in the roof.

Origin of Penurious

  • From Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus from Latin pēnūria want

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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