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Definition of "penniless" []

  • Entirely without money. (adjective)
  • Very poor. See Synonyms at poor. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "penniless" in a sentence
  • "It was natural, therefore, that he should have objected to your father's engagement to what he called a penniless governess."
  • "That's true in a strictly financial sense, but I think most human beings would feel that the work of a man who spends his life inoculating the penniless is worth more than the work of the man who tends to Paris Hilton's little dog."
  • "#20 - I agree that making single mothers homeless and penniless is not the answer."