Definition of Penurious

1. Adjective. Not having enough money to pay for necessities.




2. Adjective. Excessively unwilling to spend. "Lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence"

Definition of Penurious

1. a. Excessively sparing in the use of money; sordid; stingy; miserly.

Definition of Penurious

1. Adjective. Miserly; excessively cheap. ¹

2. Adjective. Not bountiful; thin; scant. ¹

3. Adjective. Impoverished; wanting for money. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Penurious

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Penurious

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Literary usage of Penurious

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1. English Synonymes: With Copious Illustrations and Explanations. Drawn from by George Crabb (1863)
"... he who is thrifty commonly adds the desire of getting with that of saving; he who is penurious wants no thing to make him a complete miser ..."

2. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"... COVETOUS, AVARICIOUS, STINGY, PARSIMONIOUS, NEAR, NIGGARDLY, penurious. ... and NEAR—NIGGARDLY in giving, and infr.end- ing penurious: the ..."

3. The Writings of James Madison: Comprising His Public Papers and His Private by James Madison, Gaillard Hunt (1901)
"... grant of \ to the army and in other respects breathing a penurious spirit which if indulged will be fatal to every establishment that requires expence. ..."

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