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penniless

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adjective pen·ni·less \ˈpe-ni-ləs\

Simple Definition of penniless

  • : having no money : very poor

Full Definition of penniless

  1. :  destitute of money

Examples of penniless

  1. She was unemployed and penniless.

  2. <went from being a penniless girl to owner of her own restaurant>



14th Century

First Known Use of penniless

14th century


PENNILESS Defined for Kids

penniless

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adjective pen·ni·less \ˈpe-ni-ləs\

Definition of penniless

  1. :  very poor :  having no money





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