American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
- adj. Yielding little; barren: a penurious land.
- adj. Poverty-stricken; destitute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characterized by penury or want; stricken with poverty; indigent.
- Niggard; scanty; not bountiful or liberal.
- Excessively saving or sparing in the use of money; parsimonious to a fault; sordid: as, a penurious man.
- Nice and dainty.
- Synonyms Parsimonious, Penurious, Miserly, Close, Niggardly, Stingy, Mean, covetous, avaricious, illiberal, sordid, chary. The first seven words express the spirit or conduct of those who are slow to part with money or other valuable things. Parsimonious is perhaps the most general of these words, literally sparing to spend, but always careful and excessively sparing. Penurious means literally in penury, but always feeling and acting as though one were in poverty, saving beyond reason; the word is rather stronger than parsimonious, and has perhaps rather more reference to the treatment of others. One may be parsimonious or penurious, through habits formed in times of having little, without being really miserly. Miserly, feeling and acting like a miser, is generally applied to one who, having some wealth, clings to it for fear of poverty, or in provision for some possible exigency of the future, or especially for its own sake, as delighting in the mere possession of wealth. Close has the vigor of figurative use; it may be a shortening of close-fisted. Niggardly is the least limited to money, and has the most to do with others; it expresses a meanly parsimonious treatment of others, a neglectful, self-defeating, or stingy saving. Stingy expresses the most of opprobrium: as, Queen Elizabeth was called frugal by her friends, stingy by her enemies, and parsimonious by the rest of the world. It indicates a grudging, narrow-hearted or unreasonable parsimony in giving or providing. Mean shows a tendency toward emphasizing the idea of a close or narrow and mean-spirited handling of money. See avarice.
- adj. Miserly; excessively cheap.
- adj. Not bountiful; thin; scant.
- adj. Impoverished; wanting for money.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Excessively sparing in the use of money; sordid; stingy; miserly.
- adj. Not bountiful or liberal; scanty.
- adj. obsolete Destitute of money; suffering extreme want.
- adj. not having enough money to pay for necessities
- adj. excessively unwilling to spend
- From Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus, from Latin pēnūria, want. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the risk of being called penurious, I confess that I was immensely relieved when I learned that these precious jewels in the shape of fruit had been paid for in advance by the opulent mother of the Countess.”
“Some of my readers may think so small a loss scarcely worth keeping awake for, but Mrs. Joe Tucker was a strictly economical and saving woman -- some even called her penurious -- and the loss of ten cents troubled her.”
“a kind of penurious god, very niggardly of his opportunities: he must be watched like a hard-hearted treasurer; for he bolts out on the sudden, and, if you take him not in the nick, he vanishes in a twinkling.”
“The overall budget deal is far from penurious, increasing spending for fiscal 2010-11 to $125.2 billion from $119.2 billion, though general fund expenditures remain flat.”
“Still reigning are old-fashioned ideas of solvency and personal pride, and a pragmatic way of dealing with money born of decades of penurious scarcity.”
“When I started my tasting, I have to admit I wasn't thinking much about the lost Muscadet vineyards, the penurious growers or their stunted price growth.”
“Having resolved to give the working class what it wanted, he was not penurious about it.”
“Fracking divides neighbor from neighbor, roughly speaking the penurious locals from the weekend residents and gentleman farmers.”
“Three years from now, Saint Sarah the Dimwitted will be loathe to give up her presumably large contract at the ‘all lies, all the time’ network for something as mundane and penurious as public office.”
“But when they honored my friend of forty years, Roger Corman, last year, I was thrilled for him and Julie at the recognition of one of our industry's smartest and most practical read: penurious legends.”
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