Penurious meaning

pə-no͝orē-əs, -nyo͝or-
Poverty-stricken; destitute.
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The definition of penurious is someone extremely poor or something that is characterized by poverty, or being very cheap and unwilling to spend any money.

A homeless person who has no money or assets is an example of someone who would be described as penurious.

A person who will not even spend a dollar on his grandchild's present because he is so cheap is an example of someone who is penurious.

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Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
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Scanty or meager.
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Characterized by extreme poverty; impoverished.
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Miserly; excessively cheap.

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

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The penurious stew would have been more accurately labelled broth.

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Impoverished; wanting for money.

The poor penurious horde, naught in the cooking pot and naught in the belly.

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Unwilling to part with money or possessions; mean; miserly; stingy.
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Origin of penurious

  • From Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus from Latin pēnūria want

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