impecunious

[im-pi-kyoo-nee-uhs]

adjective

having little or no money; penniless; poor.

Nearby words

  1. impeachable,
  2. impeachment,
  3. impearl,
  4. impeccable,
  5. impeccant,
  6. impedance,
  7. impedance matching,
  8. impede,
  9. impediment,
  10. impedimenta

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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British Dictionary definitions for impecunious

impecunious

adjective

without money; penniless
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

impecunious

adj.

"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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