Definition of penurious
1 : marked by or suffering from penury penurious peasants and fisherfolk
2 : given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality
Examples of penurious in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of penurious from the Web
The Old Web was Jerry Yang and David Filo turning themselves from penurious graduate students into paper billionaires inside of three years.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'penurious'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of penurious
Synonym Discussion of penurious
PENURIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penurious for English Language Learners
: very poor
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up penurious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).