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penurious

adjective pe·nu·ri·ous \pə-ˈnr-ē-əs, -ˈnyr-\

: very poor

Full Definition of PENURIOUS

1
:  marked by or suffering from penury
2
:  given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality
pe·nu·ri·ous·ly adverb
pe·nu·ri·ous·ness noun

Examples of PENURIOUS

  1. The penurious school system had to lay off several teachers.
  2. <the company's penurious management could not be convinced of the need to earmark more money for research and development>

First Known Use of PENURIOUS

1590

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