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Friday, November 20, 2015

Definitions for penurious

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

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Citations for penurious
All penurious old hermits are expected to be wealthy, the only point of interest being how much money is in the mattress. Robert Wallace, "The Perils of Being Too Thrifty," Life, March 30, 1959
Mr. G. is, as you know, very penurious, and grudges every cent that he has to pay out. Horatio Alger, Jr., Do and Dare, 1909
Origin of penurious
1590-1600
Penurious stems from the Latin term pēnūria, which in turn is akin to the Greek peîna, "hunger," and penía, "poverty."
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