penniless

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EtymologyEdit

penny +‎ -less

AdjectiveEdit

penniless (not comparable)

  1. Not having a penny; utterly impoverished; extremely poor.
    • 1889, Horatio Alger, Driven From Home, ch. 10:
      A dollar and a quarter seems a small sum, but if you are absolutely penniless it might as well be a thousand.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.

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Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 03:06