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penniless

[pen-i-lis] /ˈpɛn ɪ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English peniles. See penny, -less
Related forms
pennilessly, adverb
pennilessness, noun
Synonyms
indigent. See poor.
Antonyms
rich.
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Examples from the web for penniless
  • He was sometimes wealthy, sometimes penniless, often in danger.
  • Jobless, penniless and on the brink of homelessness.
  • White-collar professionals were being turned into penniless paper pushers.
  • Half the people you knew were penniless and beginning all over again.
  • He left them without jobs, bankrupted companies and penniless stockholders.
  • Washed up and penniless before they are of legal age.
  • Employees has worked many years and gave dedicated service and where left penniless.
British Dictionary definitions for penniless

penniless

/ˈpɛnɪlɪs/
adjective
1.
very poor; almost totally without money
Derived Forms
pennilessly, adverb
pennilessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for penniless
adj.

"destitute," early 14c., penyles, from penny + -less.

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