A Word A Day : Impecunious

Tuesday, 4th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : impi-kyoo-neas

1. Lacking money

2. Not having enough money to pay for necessities

3. Having little money or few possessions

4. Lacking in a specified resource or quality


in + pecunious, rich (from Middle English, from Old French pecunios, from Latin pecnisus, from pecnia, money, wealth


Poor, Impoverished, Penniless, Struggling, Deprived, Underprivileged, Disadvantaged, Indigent, Broke, Strapped, Hard Up, Poverty-Stricken, Needy, Cleaned Out, Ruined, Destitute, Insolvent, Bankrupt, Badly Off, On The Breadline, Skint


Wealthy, Rich, Well-Off, Well-To-Do, Well-Heeled, Affluent, Prosperous, Rolling In It, Flush, Loaded, Moneyed

Contextual Examples:

• Had I been that impecunious youth about whom we superior folk are so sarcastic, I would have changed my penny for happiness.

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