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impecunious

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adjective im·pe·cu·nious \ˌim-pi-ˈkyü-nyəs, -nē-əs\

Simple Definition of impecunious

  • : having little or no money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impecunious

  1. :  having very little or no money usually habitually :  penniless

impecuniosity

play \-ˌkyü-nē-ˈä-sə-tē\ noun

impecuniously

adverb

impecuniousness

noun

Examples of impecunious in a sentence

  1. <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 and Etymology 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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