penniless

[ pen-i-lis ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪ lɪs /

adjective

without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute.

Origin of penniless

First recorded in 1275–1325, penniless is from the Middle English word peniles. See penny, -less

Related forms

pen·ni·less·ly, adverbpen·ni·less·ness, noun
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penniless

/ (ˈpɛnɪlɪs) /

adjective

very poor; almost totally without money

Derived Forms

pennilessly, adverbpennilessness, noun
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