Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[im-pi-kyoo-nee-uh s] /ˌɪm pɪˈkyu ni əs/
having little or no money; penniless; poor.
Origin of impecunious
1590-1600; im-2 + obsolete pecunious wealthy < Latin pecūniōsus, equivalent to pecūni(a) wealth + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
impecuniously, adverb
impecuniousness, impecuniosity
[im-pi-kyoo-nee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪm pɪˌkyu niˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
destitute, poverty-stricken. See poor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for impecuniosity
Historical Examples
  • Harrison, in addition to his impecuniosity, had other peculiarities of which vanity was not the least.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • When last met, you suffered from the impecuniosity of a churched mouse.

  • Nevertheless, this was also the special age of alchemists and of impecuniosity.

  • Mr. Osborne had had thirty years' experience with the impecuniosity of authors.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • It is a lamentable fact that impecuniosity is the common lot of the class.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • Of the two great monopolies which the impecuniosity of Charles II.

    The Great Lone Land W. F. Butler
  • He was told too that Lady Augustus was much harassed by impecuniosity.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope
  • There was a general laugh, for Charley Mansfield was notoriously in a general state of impecuniosity.

  • They were certainly alike in one respect; namely, as regarded a chronic state of impecuniosity.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • The reader will be apt to recall the anecdote illustrative of Sheridan's impecuniosity.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for impecuniosity


without money; penniless
Derived Forms
impecuniously, adverb
impecuniousness, impecuniosity (ˌɪmpɪkjuːnɪˈɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from im- (not) + -pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus wealthy, from pecūnia money
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for impecuniosity



"lacking in money," 1590s, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Latin pecuniosus "rich," from pecunia "money, property" (see pecuniary). Related: Impecuniously; impecuniosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for impecunious

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for impecuniosity

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for impecuniosity