[ im-pi-kyoo-nee-uhs ]
/ ˌɪm pɪˈkyu ni əs /
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having little or no money; penniless; poor.



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Origin of impecunious

First recorded in 1590–1600; im-2 + obsolete pecunious “wealthy,” from Latin pecūniōsus, equivalent to pecūni(a) “wealth” + -ōsus-ous

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See poor.

OTHER WORDS FROM impecunious

im·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

/ (ˌɪmpɪˈkjuːnɪəs) /


without money; penniless

Derived forms of impecunious

impecuniously, 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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