Definition of penurious in English:

penurious

Line breaks: pen¦uri|ous
Pronunciation: /pɪˈnjʊərɪəs
 
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adjective

formal

Derivatives

penuriously

adverb
More 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.

penuriousness

noun
More example sentences
  • Whether this is a misprint, or calculated penuriousness, the move seems serious as there are now indeed proper staff manning the kitchen.

Origin

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

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