adjective Date: 14th century destitute of money

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  • penniless — pen‧ni‧less [ˈpenɪləs] adjective having no money: • Many of the migrants arrive penniless. * * * penniless UK US /ˈpeniləs/ adjective ► without any money at all: »A series of bad investments left him almost penniless …   Financial and business terms

  • Penniless — Pen ni*less, a. [From {Penny}.] Destitute of money; impecunious; poor. {Pen ni*less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penniless — index bankrupt, destitute, impecunious, insolvent, penurious, poor (underprivileged) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • penniless — early 14c., from PENNY (Cf. penny) + LESS (Cf. less) …   Etymology dictionary

  • penniless — *poor, indigent, needy, destitute, impecunious, poverty stricken, necessitous Analogous words: impoverished, bankrupt, drained (see DEPLETE): penurious (see corresponding noun at POVERTY) Contrasted words: opulent, affluent, wealthy, *rich …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • penniless — [adj] without any money bankrupt, broke*, clean*, cleaned out*, dead broke*, destitute, dirt poor*, down to last penny*, flat*, flat broke*, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, in the gutter*, lacking, moneyless, necessitous, needy, on last leg* …   New thesaurus

  • penniless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ without money; destitute …   English terms dictionary

  • penniless — [pen′ə lis, pen′ēlis] adj. without even a penny; extremely poor pennilessness n …   English World dictionary

  • penniless — adj. VERBS ▪ be, die ▪ He died penniless in Paris. ▪ find yourself ▪ Laura found herself virtually penniless. ▪ leave sb …   Collocations dictionary

  • penniless — [[t]pe̱niləs[/t]] ADJ: usu v link ADJ Someone who is penniless has hardly any money at all. They d soon be penniless and homeless if she couldn t find suitable work. ...a penniless refugee …   English dictionary

  • penniless — pen|ni|less [ˈpenıləs] adj someone who is penniless has no money →↑broke ▪ Uncle Charlie was jobless and penniless …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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