Simple Definition of impecunious
: having little or no money
Examples of impecunious in a sentence
<they were so impecunious that they couldn't afford to give one another even token Christmas gifts>
Did You Know?
If impecunious means "penniless," then it stands to reason that "pecunious" can describe someone who has a lot of money. That is true, but "pecunious" is used with far less frequency in English than its opposite and is not found in many dictionaries. What's more, on the rare occasion when "pecunious" is put to use in English, it often means not "wealthy" but "miserly or ungenerous," as in "a pecunious attitude toward the less fortunate." "Impecunious" describes somebody who lacks the money to buy necessities, but it does not carry the connotation of desperation found in such words as "indigent" or "destitute." Both "pecunious" and "impecunious" derive via Middle English from the Latin pecunia, meaning "money."
Origin of impecunious
1in- + obsolete English pecunious rich, from Middle English, from Latin pecuniosus, from pecunia money — more at fee
First Known Use: 1596
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