SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective having little or no money; penniless; poor. Origin of impecunious 1590–1600; im- 2
) wealth +
-ōsus -ous Related forms im·pe·cu·ni·ous·ly, adverb im·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
unprosperous Examples from the Web for impecunious Historical Examples of impecunious
All this riot of wealth would no doubt impress the
But we never did it—because, I think, although we were plucky, we were
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
They seemed an
impecunious assemblage, gathered for mere sport. British Dictionary definitions for impecunious Derived Forms impecuniously, adverb impecuniousness or impecuniosity ( ˌɪmpɪkjuːnɪˈɒsɪtɪ), noun Word Origin for impecunious
im- (not) + -pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus wealthy, from pecūnia money
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Word Origin and History for 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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