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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