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


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

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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

/ (pɪˈnjʊərɪəs) /


niggardly with money
lacking money or means
yielding little; scanty

Derived forms of penurious

penuriously, adverbpenuriousness, noun
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