Simple Definition of penurious
: very poor
Full Definition of penurious
1 : marked by or suffering from penury
2 : given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality
Examples of penurious
The penurious school system had to lay off several teachers.
<the company's penurious management could not be convinced of the need to earmark more money for research and development>
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