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penniless

[ pen-i-lis ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪ lɪs /
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adjective

without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute.

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Nearby words

pennia, pennie, pennies, pennies from heaven, penniform, penniless, pennilessly, pennillion, pennine, pennine alps, pennine chain

Origin of penniless

First recorded in 1275–1325, penniless is from the Middle English word peniles. See penny, -less
SYNONYMS FOR penniless
Related formspen·ni·less·ly, adverbpen·ni·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for penniless

penniless

/ (ˈpɛnɪlɪs) /

adjective

very poor; almost totally without money
Derived Formspennilessly, adverbpennilessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for penniless

penniless


adj.

"destitute," early 14c., penyles, from penny + -less.

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