Synonyms of penurious in English:
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)
British informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/(brass) farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
North American informal stone broke
2 a penurious old skinflint
mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, close-fisted, cheese-paring, scrimping, grasping, greedy, avaricious, Scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
vulgar slang tight-arsed
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