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penurious

[puh-noo r-ee-uh s, -nyoo r-] /pəˈnʊər i əs, -ˈnyʊər-/
adjective
1.
extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
2.
extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
3.
poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus. See penury, -ous
Related forms
penuriously, adverb
penuriousness, noun
unpenurious, adjective
unpenuriously, adverb
unpenuriousness, noun
Synonyms
1. tight, close, niggardly.
Antonyms
1. generous.
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  • The discrepancy between rising tuition costs and penurious endowment payouts makes a lie out of that implied promise.
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  • penurious behavior isn't confined to hosts these days.
  • But he presents himself as self-effacing and penurious.
  • Blessed are the penurious, for they are able to help themselves.
British Dictionary definitions for penurious

penurious

/pɪˈnjʊərɪəs/
adjective
1.
niggardly with money
2.
lacking money or means
3.
yielding little; scanty
Derived Forms
penuriously, adverb
penuriousness, noun
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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.

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