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penurious Syllabification: pe·nu·ri·ous
Pronunciation: /pəˈn(y)o͝orēəs/

Definition of penurious in English:


1Extremely poor; poverty-stricken: a penurious old tramp
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  • Once some penurious student has finished loading up a piece of art into her van, it immediately gains in value.
  • The garish festivities are set in one of the world's most penurious places.
  • This, as you might appreciate, presents many problems for a man with the soul of a tortured and penurious poet.
poor, poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitous, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, needy, in need/want, badly off, in reduced/straitened circumstances, hard up, unable to make ends meet, penniless, without a cent (to one's name), without a sou
informal (flat) broke, strapped for cash
1.1Characterized by poverty or need: penurious years
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  • Your plan to spend everything you have and more as soon as possible seems a certain recipe for a penurious old age.
  • One promising effort is intended to increase the low personal savings rate in the U.S., which could doom many people to a penurious retirement.
  • A comparable case is that of Iraq, where in spite of the weekly strikes by the U.S. and Britain and the penurious condition of the country, has still not thrown in the towel.
2Parsimonious; mean: he was generous and hospitable in contrast to his stingy and penurious wife
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  • It is rather penurious reasoning too, knowing what we know about the geo-strategic priorities of the United States at this conjuncture.


Pronunciation: /pəˈn(y)o͝orēəslē/
Example sentences
  • He survived penuriously for another 10 years but wrote only a fragment of a novel.
  • Physicians are reimbursed generously for treatment, penuriously for prevention.
Pronunciation: /pəˈn(y)o͝orēəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Whether this is a misprint, or calculated penuriousness, the move seems serious as there are now indeed proper staff manning the kitchen.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria 'need, scarcity' (see penury).

Words that rhyme with penurious

curious, furious, injurious, luxurious, perjurious, spurious, sulphureous (US sulfureous), usurious
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