from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having little or no money.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having no money; poor; penniless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • adjective Lacking money.

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

  • adjective not having enough money to pay for necessities


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

[in– + pecunious, rich (from Middle English, from Old French pecunios, from Latin pecūniōsus, from pecūnia, money, wealth; see peku- in Indo-European roots).]

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


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  • 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.

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