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[im-pi-kyoo-nee-uh s] /ˌɪm pɪˈkyu ni əs/
having little or no money; penniless; poor.
Origin of impecunious
1590-1600; im-2 + obsolete pecunious wealthy < Latin pecūniōsus, equivalent to pecūni(a) wealth + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
impecuniously, adverb
impecuniousness, impecuniosity
[im-pi-kyoo-nee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪm pɪˌkyu niˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
destitute, poverty-stricken. See poor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impecunious
  • Next, he hooks up with an impecunious cleric who in that regard, is not much different than the beggar.
  • The sorry appearance of the unpaid letter suggested the impecunious condition of its author.
  • Defendant's primary argument for a stay of the monetary judgment is that he is impecunious.
  • Statutory heirs may recover funeral and burial expenses only if the estate is impecunious.
  • Rather, they were impecunious and unwise in some of their expenditures by obvious hindsight.
  • It was his voluntary, knowing conduct that placed him in his present incarcerated and impecunious position.
  • Princes and impecunious students stood on terms of perfect equality.
British Dictionary definitions for impecunious


without money; penniless
Derived Forms
impecuniously, adverb
impecuniousness, impecuniosity (ˌɪmpɪkjuːnɪˈɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from im- (not) + -pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus wealthy, from pecūnia money
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Word Origin and History for impecunious

"lacking in money," 1590s, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Latin pecuniosus "rich," from pecunia "money, property" (see pecuniary). Related: Impecuniously; impecuniosity.

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