penurious

adjective pe·nu·ri·ous \ pə-ˈnu̇r-ē-əs , -ˈnyu̇r- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of penurious

1 :marked by or suffering from penury
  • penurious peasants and fisherfolk
2 :given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality

penuriously

adverb

penuriousness

noun

Examples of penurious in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of penurious

1590

Synonym Discussion of penurious

stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity.
    • a stingy child, not given to sharing
close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions.
    • folks who are very close when charity calls
niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible.
    • the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library
parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess.
    • a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries
penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty.
    • the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune
miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding.
    • a miserly couple devoid of social conscience

PENURIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

penurious

adjective

Definition of penurious for English Language Learners

  • : very poor



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