penniless

[pen-i-lis]
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Origin of penniless

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

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penniless

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

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

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