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Aug 26, 2011
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penurious

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-NOOR-ee-uhs, -NYOOR-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Extremely poor.
2. Extremely frugal or stingy.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin penuriosus (needy), from penuria (want, need). Earliest documented use: 1590.

USAGE:
"Precisely because authors are penurious, however, most of us supplement our income by reviewing."
Francis Wheen; The Hunting of the Snark; The Financial Times (London, UK); Aug 5, 2011.

See more usage examples of penurious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968)

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