penurious [puh-noor-ee-uhs, -nyoor-] SynonymsExamplesWord Originadjective
- extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
- extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
- 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 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.
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
No; but even in the most penurious times it was kings who were the patrons.
If one were ever penurious, might it not be of these handsome loaves of hers?
His clothing appeared to indicate a penurious, grasping nature.
Frank A. Munsey
Yes; but you trifle with me by these reluctant and penurious communications.
British Dictionary definitions for penurious penurious adjective
- niggardly with money
- lacking money or means
- 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.