[puh-noo r-ee-uh s, -nyoo r-]
- extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
- extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
- poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.
Origin of penurious
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1. tight, close, niggardly.
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Examples from the Web for penurious
She was so penurious, that she did not give me what was necessary to sustain life.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
No; but even in the most penurious times it was kings who were the patrons.The New Society
If one were ever penurious, might it not be of these handsome loaves of hers?
His clothing appeared to indicate a penurious, grasping nature.Under Fire
Frank A. Munsey
Yes; but you trifle with me by these reluctant and penurious communications.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain
- niggardly with money
- lacking money or means
- yielding little; scanty
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Word Origin and History for penurious
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