penurious

[puh-noor-ee-uhs, -nyoor-]
adjective
1.
extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
2.
extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
3.
poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus. See penury, -ous

penuriously, adverb
penuriousness, noun
unpenurious, adjective
unpenuriously, adverb
unpenuriousness, noun


1. tight, close, niggardly.


1. generous.
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penurious (pɪˈnjʊərɪəs)
 
adj
1.  niggardly with money
2.  lacking money or means
3.  yielding little; scanty
 
pe'nuriously
 
adv
 
pe'nuriousness
 
n

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penurious
1590s, from M.L. penuriosus, from L. penuria "penury" (see penury). Originally "poverty-stricken, in a state of penury;" meaning "stingy" is first attested 1630s.
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Example sentences
The discrepancy between rising tuition costs and penurious endowment payouts makes a lie out of that implied promise.
The notebooks described the places, the people, the events of his penurious life.
Penurious behavior isn't confined to hosts these days.
But he presents himself as self-effacing and penurious.
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