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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.]
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|Adv.||1.||penuriously - in a penurious manner; "they lived penuriously"|
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