- 1Extremely poor; poverty-stricken: a penurious old trampMás ejemplos en oraciones
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)British • informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/(brass) farthings to rub together, in Queer StreetNorth American • informal stone broke
- 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.
- 1.1Characterized by poverty: penurious yearsMás ejemplos en oraciones
- 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.
- 2Unwilling to spend money; mean: his stingy and penurious wifeMás ejemplos en oraciones
mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, close-fisted, cheese-paring, scrimping, grasping, greedy, avaricious, Scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close• vulgar slang tight-arsed• archaic near
- It is rather penurious reasoning too, knowing what we know about the geo-strategic priorities of the United States at this conjuncture.
late 16th century: from medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria 'need, scarcity' (see penury).