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  1. having little or no money; penniless; poor.
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Origin of impecunious

1590–1600; im-2 + obsolete pecunious wealthy < Latin pecūniōsus, equivalent to pecūni(a) wealth + -ōsus -ous
Related formsim·pe·cu·ni·ous·ly, adverbim·pe·cu·ni·ous·ness, im·pe·cu·ni·os·i·ty [im-pi-kyoo-nee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪm pɪˌkyu niˈɒs ɪ ti/, noun

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Related Words for impecunious

broke, destitute, homeless, impoverished, indigent, insolvent, needy, penniless, penurious, poor, strapped, necessitous, beggared, unprosperous

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Historical Examples of impecunious

  • All this riot of wealth would no doubt impress the impecunious Charles.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • But we never did it—because, I think, although we were plucky, we were impecunious!

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • I'd not load one of them with a wild, impecunious Irishman like myself.

  • With him we have not anything to do, except to say that of all men he was the most impecunious.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope

  • They seemed an impecunious assemblage, gathered for mere sport.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

British Dictionary definitions for impecunious


  1. without money; penniless
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Derived Formsimpecuniously, adverbimpecuniousness or impecuniosity (ˌɪmpɪkjuːnɪˈɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for impecunious

C16: from im- (not) + -pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus wealthy, from pecūnia money
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Word Origin and History for impecunious


"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.

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