Definition of penniless
: destitute of money
Examples of penniless in a Sentence
She was unemployed and penniless.
went from being a penniless girl to owner of her own restaurant
Recent Examples of penniless from the Web
Blind and penniless, Johnson played and preached on the streets to earn a living.
A 2013 Gaston Gazette article reported Helms was penniless and his Belmont home was empty and in foreclosure.
Pelle the Conqueror Penniless Swedes emigrate to Denmark in the late 1850s in hopes of finding work and starting a new life.
At the meager end of the Live.ly economy, penniless teenagers toil to scrape together enough to buy the cheapest gifts.
Mr. Urie portrays Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov, a jobless dandy and former minor clerk from St. Petersburg, who winds up penniless and suicidal in a remote village inn.
In the early 2000s, as Starbucks was expanding at light speed, lattes were supposedly the reason that Americans were penniless failures.
Homeless and penniless, Grace moves her family into her dead mother-in-law’s home and gets a job at a doctor’s office.
The family was close to penniless, and Doris was left to raise her four children alone.
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First Known Use of penniless
PENNILESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penniless for English Language Learners
: having no money : very poor
PENNILESS Defined for Kids
Definition of penniless for Students
: very poor : having no money
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