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Definition of penurious

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

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Other Words from penurious

penuriously adverb
penuriousness noun

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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

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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 on the Web That would be their home away from home, Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium, an opulent flat for which penurious tenant Fredo Spanos pays a flat $1-per-year rental fee. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Jobs in universities, media, publishing, and think tanks offered former bohemians and penurious toilers money and social status. Pankaj Mishra, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Preller never stops maneuvering, and has taken full advantage of the passive and penurious franchises. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2021 The penurious nicotine levels proved frustrating and costly for South Korean vapers. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2020 The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is so penurious that its annual health spending per person could not buy a copy of this newspaper. The Economist, 9 Jan. 2020 The penurious Patriots pass defense has surrendered just four touchdown passes while picking off 19 passes., 22 Nov. 2019 Even critics concede that to cast blame solely on penurious corporations is to ignore a bigger picture. New York Times, 11 June 2019 Yet this old, penurious India had an asset that was essential for harmony in a nation of several hundred million people with multiple religions and languages. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of penurious

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Penurious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of penurious

: very poor


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