penniless


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pen·ni·less

 (pĕn′ē-lĭs, pĕn′ə-)
adj.
1. Entirely without money.
2. Very poor.

pen′ni·less·ly adv.
pen′ni·less·ness n.

penniless

(ˈpɛnɪlɪs)
adj
very poor; almost totally without money
ˈpennilessly adv
ˈpennilessness n

pen•ni•less

(ˈpɛn ɪ lɪs)

adj.
totally without money; destitute.
[1275–1325]
pen′ni•less•ness, n.
syn: See poor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.penniless - not having enough money to pay for necessities
poor - having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

penniless

adjective poor, broke (informal), bankrupt, impoverished, short, ruined, strapped (slang), needy, cleaned out (slang), destitute, poverty-stricken, down and out, skint (Brit. slang), indigent, down at heel, impecunious, dirt-poor (informal), on the breadline, flat broke (informal), penurious, on your uppers, stony-broke (Brit. slang), necessitous, in queer street, moneyless, without two pennies to rub together (informal), without a penny to your name a penniless refugee
rich, loaded (slang), wealthy, affluent, well-heeled (informal), filthy rich

penniless

adjective
Translations
مُعْدَم، بِدون مال
bez haléře
ludfattig
nincstelen
auralaus
bez haliera
beş parasızmeteliksiz

penniless

[ˈpenɪlɪs] ADJ [aristocrat, immigrant] → sin dinero
to be pennilessno tener un céntimo or un centavo
to be left pennilessquedarse sin un céntimo or un centavo

penniless

[ˈpɛniləs] adjsans le sou

penniless

adjmittellos; to be pennilesskeinen Cent haben; her husband died, leaving her pennilessihr Mann starb, und sie stand völlig mittellos or ohne einen einzigen Cent da

penniless

[ˈpɛnɪlɪs] adjsenza un soldo or una lira

penny

(ˈpeni) nounplurals pence (pens) ˈpennies
1. in British currency, the hundredth part of `1. It costs seventy-five pence; Oranges, 12p each.
2. in certain countries, a coin of low value.
3. the value of such a coin.
ˈpenniless adjective
very poor; with little or no money. a penniless old man.
References in classic literature ?
Now Jonah's Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless.
All day long the gates of the packing houses were besieged by starving and penniless men; they came, literally, by the thousands every single morning, fighting with each other for a chance for life.
Here, on one side, was a girl -- with great personal attractions, with rare pecuniary prospects, with a social position which might have justified the best gentleman in the neighborhood in making her an offer of marriage -- perversely casting herself away on a penniless idle young fellow, who had failed at his first start in life, and who even if he succeeded in his second attempt, must be for years to come in no position to marry a young lady of fortune on equal terms.
I am poor, I am penniless should your irons wrench my limbs asunder, I could not gratify you
She was an extraordinarily beautiful girl, Margaret Devereux, and made all the men frantic by running away with a penniless young fellow-- a mere nobody, sir, a subaltern in a foot regiment, or something of that kind.
Masterless, penniless, and with my only means of livelihood, fighting, gone, I determined to work my way to the southwest and attempt to retrieve my fallen fortunes in a search for gold.
Then, indeed, the affair began to look black; and when inquiries were made, and the penniless clerk was found to have amassed thousands of dollars, and kept them secretly in a rival establishment, the stoutest of his friends abandoned him, the books were overhauled for traces of ancient and artful fraud, and though none were found, there still prevailed a general impression of loss.
Frankly we did our best to prevent such a testamentary disposition, and pointed out certain contingencies that might leave her daughter either penniless or not so free as she should be to act regarding a matrimonial alliance.
I have a post by which I live; at the death of Monsieur de Treville, who is old, I may be a captain, which is a very snug berth for a once penniless Gascon.
Here is the gentleman wanting to get our child, without a shilling to bless himself with, and the poor girl refusing to marry the man of her heart, because she is penniless.
Poyser's mind with regard to Adam; and though she and her husband might have viewed the subject differently if Hetty had been a daughter of their own, it was clear that they would have welcomed the match with Adam for a penniless niece.
Our poverty would not permit us to pay for two passages,” said the youth, with the extraordinary emotion with which he ever alluded to the degraded state of his family ; “ I was left in the Province to wait for his return, and, when the sad news of his loss reached me, I was nearly penniless.