Don't have two nickels to rub together? You're penurious — a lovely long way of saying you're flat broke.

Penurious also means a general dislike of spending money. If someone accuses you of being cheap, tell them you prefer to be thought of as penurious. It sounds so much classier. It's related to a similar word, penury, which means "a state of extreme poverty."

Definitions of penurious
  1. adjective
    excessively unwilling to spend
    “lived in a most penurious manner--denying himself every indulgence”
    synonyms: parsimonious
    stingy, ungenerous
    unwilling to spend
  2. adjective
    not having enough money to pay for necessities
    synonyms: hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances, penniless, pinched
    having little money or few possessions
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