Part of speech: adjective

Without a penny; destitute.

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Usage examples "penniless":

  1. " But I am penniless," said he, a few moments later. - "Hetty Wesley", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
  2. He used to say everything would be set right by his will, and now one of these girls is left penniless, and the other with a pittance, a mere pittance, brought up, as I make no doubt she was, to believe herself an heiress. - "M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."", G.J. Whyte-Melville.
  3. One week- end on her homeward journey she was attracted and excited by a fire; when she resumed her journey she was penniless, her week's wages had been stolen from her. - "London's Underworld", Thomas Holmes.