- without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute.
Origin of penniless
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indigent. See poor.
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Examples from the Web for penniless
He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
The rocker posted a rambling video on his Facebook page claiming he's broke and penniless.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn
November 27, 2014
The penniless Pieret announced his intentions of stealing more art from the woefully guarded Louvre to make more money.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
He told stories about his days as a penniless college student trying to make it in Greenwich Village.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
October 5, 2014
Unlike my enthusiastic but penniless grandfather, I had laws and resources on my side.Whither the Women’s Movement?
July 19, 2014
Then he was but a penniless, monk-bred lad, unknown and unfriended.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"And you will love her if I leave her penniless," said Gawtrey, abruptly.Night and Morning, Complete
Lady Louisa was the only sister of the Marquess, a widow, proud and penniless.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
His bride was not only penniless but deeply involved in debt.
If I had only been penniless and had loved and married a man who had all his fighting to do yet!Cleo The Magnificent
- very poor; almost totally without money
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Word Origin and History for penniless
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