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penniless

[pen-i-lis] /ˈpɛn ɪ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute.
Origin of penniless
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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  • These terms, generous in themselves, were eagerly accepted by the all but penniless widow.

    The Time of Roses L. T. Meade
  • Then he was but a penniless, monk-bred lad, unknown and unfriended.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • You understand my position, Mr. Hilton—that I am a penniless man?

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • "And you will love her if I leave her penniless," said Gawtrey, abruptly.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • No sense of disappointment dashed this pleasure because he was returning poor and penniless.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
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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