penurious

  • 1 Penurious — Pe*nu ri*ous, a. [From {Penury}.] 1. Excessively sparing in the use of money; sordid; stingy; miserly. A penurious niggard of his wealth. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Not bountiful or liberal; scanty. [1913 Webster] Here creeps along a poor,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 penurious — I adjective chary, cheap, churlish, close, close fisted, close handed, frugal, greedy, grudging, illiberal, impoverished, in distress, in need, in want, indigent, mean, mercenary, miserly, needy, niggard, niggardly, nonpaying, parsimonious,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 penurious — 1590s, from M.L. penuriosus, from L. penuria penury (see PENURY (Cf. penury)). Originally poverty stricken, in a state of penury; meaning stingy is first attested 1630s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 penurious — parsimonious, niggardly, *stingy, close, close fisted, tight, tightfisted, miserly, cheeseparing, penny pinching Analogous words: avaricious, grasping, greedy, *covetous: *mercenary, venal: *mean, abject, sordid, ignoble …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 penurious — [adj] stingy avaricious, cheap, chintzy*, close fisted, costive, curmudgeonly, economical, frugal, greedy, hoarding, miserly, parsimonious, penny pinching, pennywise*, pinchpenny*, saving, scrimping, sparing, thrifty, tightfisted, uncharitable,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 penurious — ► ADJECTIVE formal 1) extremely poor. 2) parsimonious. DERIVATIVES penuriously adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 penurious — [pe nyoor′ē əs, penoor′ē əs] adj. [ML penuriosus < L penuria: see PENURY] 1. unwilling to part with money or possessions; mean; miserly; stingy 2. characterized by extreme poverty; impoverished SYN. STINGY1 penuriously adv. penuriousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 penurious — adjective a) Miserly; excessively cheap. The old man died a penurious wretch; eighty thousand dollars in the mattress and as many holes in the roof. b) Not bountiful; thin; scant. The penurious stew would have been more accurately labelled broth …

    Wiktionary

  • 9 penurious — adjective, formal 1) a penurious student Syn: poor, poor as a church mouse, poverty stricken, destitute, necessitous, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, needy, in need/want, badly off, in reduced/straitened circumstances, hard up, u …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 penurious — adjective Date: 1590 1. marked by or suffering from penury 2. given to or marked by extreme stinting frugality Synonyms: see stingy • penuriously adverb • penuriousness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 penurious — penuriously, adv. penuriousness, n. /peuh noor ee euhs, nyoor /, adj. 1. extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly. 2. extremely poor; destitute; indigent. 3. poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources. [1590 1600; < ML… …

    Universalium

  • 12 penurious — Synonyms and related words: bankrupt, beggared, beggarly, begrudging, cheap, chintzy, destitute, dirt, flat broke, grudging, hard up, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, mean, mingy, miserly, near, necessitous, needy, niggard, niggardly,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 penurious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. stingy, mean, miserly. See parsimony. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. stingy, mean, frugal, niggardly; see stingy . See Synonym Study at stingy . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. miserly, stingy,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 penurious — pe|nu|ri|ous [ pə nuriəs ] adjective FORMAL extremely poor …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 penurious — pe·nu·ri·ous || pɪ nÊŠrɪəs /pɪ njÊŠr adj. poor, indigent; stingy, miserly …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 penurious — [pɪ njʊərɪəs] adjective formal 1》 extremely poor. 2》 unwilling to spend money; mean. Derivatives penuriously adverb penuriousness noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 penurious — a. 1. Niggard, scanty, insufficient, inadequate, meagre, ill provided, poor, stinted. 2. Parsimonious, covetous, avaricious, illiberal, miserly, niggardly, sordid, mercenary, close, stingy, mean, close fisted, hard fisted, grasping, near …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 penurious — adjective formal very poor …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 penurious — adj 1. stingy, parsimonious, miserly, carking, skinflinty; mean, tight, tight fisted, close fisted; cheap, Sl. chintzy, moneygrubbing, grasping; niggardly, Rare. illiberal, cheeseparing; scrimping, penny pinching, grudging, begrudging, ungenerous …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 20 penurious — pe·nu·ri·ous …

    English syllables


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