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From Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus. See penury from Latin penuria (“want”), related to paene (“scarcely”), c. 1400. Compare French pénurie.

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penurious (comparative more penurious, superlative most penurious)

  1. Miserly; excessively cheap.
    The old man died a penurious wretch; eighty-thousand dollars in the mattress and as many holes in the roof.
  2. Not bountiful; thin; scant.
    The penurious stew would have been more accurately labelled broth.
  3. Impoverished; wanting for money.
    The poor penurious horde, naught in the cooking pot and naught in the belly.

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