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penurious

Synonyms of penurious in English:

adjective

  • 1 a penurious student
    poor, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitous, in penury, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, needy, in need/want, badly off, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, hard up, on one's beam-ends, unable to make ends meet, underprivileged, penniless, without a sou, moneyless, bankrupt, bust, insolvent;
    British on the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)
    informal broke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers
    British informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/(brass) farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
    North American informal stone broke
    [Antonyms] wealthy
  • 2 a penurious old skinflint
    informal stingy, mingy, tight, tight-fisted, money-grubbing, money-grabbing
    vulgar slang tight-arsed
    archaic near
    [Antonyms] generous
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