Definition of penurious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnjʊəriəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnʊriəs//
(formal) Poverty and famine
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very poor synonym destitute, penniless See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Origin late 16th cent.: from medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria ‘need, scarcity’; perhaps related to paene ‘almost’.
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