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 (pə-no͝or′ē-əs, -nyo͝or′-)
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.
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Adv.1.penuriously - in a penurious manner; "they lived penuriously"


adv (liter) livearm, armselig
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