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
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PENURIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penurious for English Language Learners
: very poor
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