penniless

  • 1 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 …

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  • 2 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

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

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

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  • 5 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 …

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  • 6 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* …

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  • 7 penniless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ without money; destitute …

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

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

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  • 10 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 …

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

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 penniless — pen|ni|less [ penıləs ] adjective someone who is penniless has no money: Her parents arrived in the country as penniless immigrants …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 penniless — UK [ˈpenɪləs] / US adjective someone who is penniless has no money Her parents arrived in the country as penniless immigrants …

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  • 14 penniless — adjective Not having a penny; utterly impoverished; extremely poor. A dollar and a quarter seems a small sum, but if you are absolutely penniless it might as well be a thousand …

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  • 15 penniless — adjective having no money: The old lady died penniless …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 penniless — adjective Van Gogh died penniless Syn: destitute, poverty stricken, impoverished, poor, indigent, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, necessitous, needy, bankrupt, insolvent, without a cent (to one s name), without a sou; informal (flat) broke,… …

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  • 17 penniless — [ˈpenɪləs] adj someone who is penniless has no money …

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  • 18 penniless — adjective Date: 14th century destitute of money …

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  • 19 penniless — pennilessly, adv. pennilessness, n. /pen i lis/, adj. without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute. [1275 1325; ME peniles. See PENNY, LESS] Syn. indigent. See poor. Ant. rich. * * * …

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  • 20 penniless — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. indigent, needy, bankrupt, impecunious, poor, broke (sl.). See poverty. Ant., rich, wealthy. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. poverty stricken, lacking means, indigent, broke*; see poor 1 . III (Roget s… …

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