Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Parsimonious; miserly.

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Usage examples "penurious":

  1. 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. - "The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way", Horatio Alger.
  2. Oldys having completed this elaborate introduction, " the penurious publisher insisted on leaving out one third part, which happened to be the best matter in it, because he would have it contracted into one sheet!" - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", Isaac Disraeli.
  3. It has been stated already that the father of Otto Relstaub was penurious, miserly, and cruel. - "The Lost Trail", Edward S. Ellis.