American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking money; penniless. See Synonyms at poor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no money; poor; penniless.
- adj. Lacking money.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not having money; habitually without money; poor.
- adj. not having enough money to pay for necessities
- First attested in 1596. From im- + pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus, from pecūnia ("money") + -ōsus ("full of"). (Wiktionary)
- in-1 + pecunious, rich (from Middle English, from Old French pecunios, from Latin pecūniōsus, from pecūnia, money, wealth; see peku- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He said his father, whom he once described as an impecunious civil servant, urged him to pursue a more secure career.”
“The "impecunious" deserter fared more hardly; and would, usually, be forced by hunger and thirst to emerge from his hiding place, while the steamer was on the outward voyage.”
“When you are young and impecunious and just out of college, these things are important.”
“It was a weird, improbable metamorphosis for the plump, gypsy-like woman with long batik dresses and dyed-black hair Jane had last seen arguing with impecunious guests on Kuta beach.”
“Is it true that impecunious Lord Heverton is wooing a wealthy widow from Brighton with nary a title to her name?”
“I grant you that it is possible that future voters might in principle decide to vote for government bankruptcy and to allow the old and impecunious to starve.”
“At the time the story goes he was an impecunious writer suffering from writer's block.”
“The minister who hardens his heart to a call, and waits for a certain congregation to offer him say five hundred a year more, often finds himself scabbed upon by another and more impecunious minister; and the next time it is his turn to scab while a brother minister is hardening his heart to a call.”
“One way is that, as the "food revolution" meets an increasingly impecunious American public, chain restaurants are thriving.”
“It felt like I was abandoning the impecunious do-gooder roles I'd just been trying to adopt.”
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