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pe·nu·ri·ous

 (pə-no͝or′ē-əs, -nyo͝or′-)
adj.
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.]

pe·nu′ri·ous·ly adv.
pe·nu′ri·ous·ness n.

penurious

(pɪˈnjʊərɪəs)
adj
1. niggardly with money
2. lacking money or means
3. yielding little; scanty
peˈnuriously adv
peˈnuriousness n

pe•nu•ri•ous

(pəˈnʊər i əs, -ˈnyʊər-)

adj.
1. extremely stingy.
2. extremely poor; indigent.
pe•nu′ri•ous•ness, n.

penurious

- A synonym for "poor, in need."
See also related terms for poor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"

penurious

adjective
Translations

penurious

[pɪˈnjʊərɪəs] ADJmiserable, pobrísimo

penurious

adj (liter) (= poor)arm, armselig; existence alsokarg, dürftig; (= mean)geizig, knauserig

penurious

[pɪˈnjʊərɪəs] adj (frm) → indigente
References in classic literature ?
It was too far to return to dinner, and an allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals, was served round between the services.
I trust that the labour and hazard of an investigation - of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon - combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my funeral pyre.
Each State is the constituent and enacting party, and the United States in Congress assembled the recipient of delegated power--and that power delegated with such a penurious and carking hand that it had more the aspect of a revocation of the Declaration of Independence than an instrument to carry it into effect.
What might be extravagant to-day, might in half a century become penurious and inadequate.
It was a comfortable room, at once snug and handsome; the bright grate was filled with a genuine shire fire, red, clear, and generous, no penurious South-of-England embers heaped in the corner of a grate.
You know ensigns--their blood is boiling water, their circumstances generally penurious.
Everybody was very penurious for weeks beforehand and hoards were counted scrutinizingly every day.
Also in their penurious, laborious character; the individual only satisfies his necessary appetites, and confines his expenditure to them; his other desires he subdues, under the idea that they are unprofitable.
In their housekeeping they were penurious in the extreme.
though I tell you what--and this is a circumstance worth bearing in mind as showing how the sharpest among us may be taken in sometimes--I was so deceived by the penurious way in which you lived, alone with Nelly--'
Mays cogently argues that Folger and other rich American collectors of his era were able to acquire as much as they did because the British ruling class was too penurious or indifferent to prevent its nation's cultural heritage from going abroad.
In order to lure the penurious landlords, municipality may come up with an idea of awarding best tenants upon completing their buildings as per the standard law, which can of course be that of International Building Code.