Definition of penurious:
dirt-poor, hard up, famished, beggared, penniless, stingy, avaricious, stinting, rapacious, pinched, broke, ungenerous, covetous, sparing, niggardly, penny-pinching, give, tight, uncharitable, indigent, tightfisted, pinching, pauperized, costive, spare, cheap, hard-fisted, impecunious, poor, in straitened circumstances, pinchpenny, close, miserly, mean, niggard, strapped, petty, rich, greedy, closefisted, needful, mingy, chintzy, needy, necessitous, parsimonious, threadbare, skint, sordid, close-fisted.
- poor (part of speech: adjective)
- stingy (part of speech: adjective)
- "The Garden Of Allah", Robert Hichens.
Under the Restoration the nobility cannot forget that it has been beaten and robbed, and so, with two or three exceptions, it has become thrifty, prudent, and stay- at- home, in short, bourgeois and penurious.- "Cousin Betty", Honore de Balzac.
- "The Spiritualists and the Detectives", Allan Pinkerton.