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extremely poor or reluctant to spend money

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penurious - poor

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The formal word ‘penurious’ originally expressed the state of being flat broke. While it still does, in more recent times it has come to be more frequently used to describe a person who has a general reluctance to part with possessions or spend money. Most commonly seen in written English.

Synonyms impoverished
Antonyms prosperous,affluent

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  1. I wouldn’t take the job David’s offering you. He’s known to be a penurious employer who underpays most of his staff.

  2. The historic building fell into a state of disrepair due to the penuriousness of its various owners over the years.

  3. Having been homeless for a period of his life, Robert had a very good idea of what it's like to live penuriously.

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