extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.
- pe·nu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- pe·nu·ri·ous·ness, noun
- un·pe·nu·ri·ous, adjective
- un·pe·nu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- un·pe·nu·ri·ous·ness, noun
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How to use penurious in a sentence
Not observing that the President Rose, who was very penurious, had put his money in the hat, he presented it to him a second time.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
There are beings so dejected—so penurious—that this swearing constitutes their whole store of worldly opulence.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
No; but even in the most penurious times it was kings who were the patrons.The New Society | Walther Rathenau
If one were ever penurious, might it not be of these handsome loaves of hers?
One would suppose that such a mother would have every want supplied, even by a penurious son.Choice Readings for the Home Circle | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for penurious
niggardly with money
lacking money or means
yielding little; scanty
- penuriously, adverb
- penuriousness, noun
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