Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking money; penniless. See Synonyms at poor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not having money; habitually without money; poor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no money; poor; penniless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not having enough money to pay for necessities

Etymologies

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)
First attested in 1596. From im- + pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus, from pecūnia ("money") + -ōsus ("full of"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "The jug was labeled fairly enough--CAMEL PISS--and a double shot could be obtained for three pennies. It was a drink only for the reckless or the impecunious, but a fair number of both passed beneath the stern gaze of The Romp each night; Stanley rarely had a problem emptying the jug." From Wizard and Glass by Stephen King.

    January 27, 2011

  • Scales, though he was always spending money, was not at all well off; he did not pay for the house himself. A most obliging building society, which existed solely for the purpose of enabling impecunious Englishmen to feel that their homes were their castles, did that. -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008