Definition for PE-NU'RI-OUS

PE-NU'RI-OUS, a. [It. penurioso, from L. penuria, scarcity, want; Gr. πενης, poor, σπανος, rare.]

  1. Excessively saving or sparing in the use of money; parsimonious to a fault; sordid; as, a penurious man. It expresses somewhat less than niggardly.
  2. Scanty; affording little; as, a penurious spring. – Addison.

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