penniless

adjective pen·ni·less \ ˈpe-ni-ləs \
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

Definition of penniless

: destitute of money

Examples of penniless in a Sentence

  1. She was unemployed and penniless.

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

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First Known Use of penniless

14th century

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PENNILESS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of penniless for English Language Learners

  • : having no money : very poor


PENNILESS Defined for Kids

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adjective pen·ni·less \ ˈpe-ni-ləs \

Definition of penniless for Students

: very poor : having no money


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