penurious

[ puh-noor-ee-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Late 16th century; Latin

from medieval Latin penuriosus, from Latin penuria ‘need, scarcity’

Synonyms

  • cheap
  • chintzy
  • close-fisted

Antonyms

  • generous

Definition

extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly

Example

The bank owner was a penurious old grump who enjoyed watching his employees struggle.

Usage Over Time

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