Origin of penurious
Examples from the Web for penurious
His business was extensive—his habits mean, penurious; his credit was unlimited, as his character was unimpeachable.
Ten pounds were worth so much to that muddled, penurious household standing behind her on the verge of utmost poverty!The Second Fiddle|Phyllis Bottome
It was a singular fact, that this gentleman, though rich, was notorious for a penurious disposition.George Whitefield|Joseph Belcher
There could at least be no half-hearted measure now; no petty pleas of economy; no penurious doling out of men and money.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless
The sums they accumulated by their penurious way of living, were immense.On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening,|Samuel Felton
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.