penurious

[ puh-noor-ee-uhs, -nyoor- ]
/ pəˈnʊər i əs, -ˈnyʊər- /

adjective

extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

Nearby words

  1. penuchle,
  2. penult,
  3. penultima,
  4. penultimate,
  5. penumbra,
  6. penuriously,
  7. penury,
  8. penutian,
  9. penza,
  10. penzance

Origin of penurious

From the Medieval Latin word pēnūriōsus, dating back to 1590–1600. See penury, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for penurious

penurious

/ (pɪˈnjʊərɪəs) /

adjective

niggardly with money
lacking money or means
yielding little; scanty
Derived Formspenuriously, adverbpenuriousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for penurious

penurious

adj.

1590s, from penury + -ous, or else from Medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria "penury." Originally "poverty-stricken, in a state of penury;" meaning "stingy" is first attested 1630s. Related: Penuriously.

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