penurious [puh-noor-ee-uhs, -nyoor-] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for penurious on adjective

  1. extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
  2. extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
  3. poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

Origin of penurious From the Medieval Latin word pēnūriōsus, dating back to 1590–1600. See penury, -ous Related formspe·nu·ri·ous·ly, adverbpe·nu·ri·ous·ness, nounun·pe·nu·ri·ous, adjectiveun·pe·nu·ri·ous·ly, adverbun·pe·nu·ri·ous·ness, nounSynonyms for penurious See more synonyms for on 1. tight, close, niggardly.Antonyms for penurious 1. generous. Related Words for penurious avaricious, cheap, chintzy, economical, frugal, greedy, miserly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, saving, sparing, thrifty, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous, close-fisted, costive, curmudgeonly, hoarding, pinchpenny Examples from the Web for penurious Historical Examples of penurious

  • She was so penurious, that she did not give me what was necessary to sustain life.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon

    Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

  • No; but even in the most penurious times it was kings who were the patrons.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

  • If one were ever penurious, might it not be of these handsome loaves of hers?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865


  • His clothing appeared to indicate a penurious, grasping nature.

    Under Fire

    Frank A. Munsey

  • Yes; but you trifle with me by these reluctant and penurious communications.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain

    William Carleton

  • British Dictionary definitions for penurious penurious adjective

    1. niggardly with money
    2. lacking money or means
    3. yielding little; scanty

    Derived Formspenuriously, adverbpenuriousness, noun Word Origin and History for penurious adj.

    1590s, from penury + -ous, or else from Medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria “penury.” Originally “poverty-stricken, in a state of penury;” meaning “stingy” is first attested 1630s. Related: Penuriously.

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