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1. Poverty-stricken; destitute.
2. Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
3. Scanty or meager: "an allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals" (Charlotte Brontë).
[From Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus, from Latin pēnūria, want.]
1. niggardly with money
2. lacking money or means
3. yielding little; scanty
pe•nu•ri•ous(pəˈnʊər i əs, -ˈnyʊər-)
1. extremely stingy.
2. extremely poor; indigent.
penurious- A synonym for "poor, in need."
See also related terms for poor.
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|Adj.||1.||penurious - 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"
|2.||penurious - excessively unwilling to spend; "parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses"; "lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence"|
1. Ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money: