Definition of impecunious in English:



  • Having little or no money:

    ‘a titled but impecunious family’
    • ‘He was mainly a designer, and his career - from impecunious family in Glasgow to a large house with servants in Kensington - demonstrated what talent and hard work could do in Victorian Britain.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, impecunious students like me who went there in search of good bargains (like the fabulous ones they had last year) came away disappointed.’
    • ‘As an impecunious artist myself, I have indeed had to learn to live by my wits, and by whatever sparse and sporadic income I can glean from my paintings.’
    • ‘Anyone from any nation, no matter how affluent or impecunious they may be, can step on to our golden sands and enjoy the gifts of our national icons.’
    • ‘The opportunity to compete in Europe would be a major boost to the impecunious Bosnian game for it is a poor country with little money available to develop its football.’
    • ‘Like many other impecunious Caribbean drifters at the time, Dampier slipped into a life of freebooting and buccaneering, hopping from ship to ship, raiding Spanish vessels and towns.’
    • ‘There was only one Indian restaurant in Greater Boston, and as an impecunious student I couldn't afford to go there more than once a semester.’
    • ‘The stock market crash in the 1920s left him impecunious, however, and his attempt to make a mark as a painter came to little.’
    • ‘The neighbour who gave me the tickets was an impecunious artist and I was sitting in the cheap seats, just out of range, even from ricochets.’
    • ‘More than half of the work I do now is for non-profit organisations, but that world is neither as acquiescent in terms of helping designers realise their dreams nor as impecunious as you may think it is.’
    • ‘Thus, the case for spending money on him rather than an impecunious prospect becomes harder to argue.’
    • ‘Students who come to apartments for ‘free talk’ may offer to escort a foreign teacher downtown on Saturdays to explore bargain shopping districts or taste inexpensive regional cuisine at restaurants known to impecunious students.’
    • ‘I don't know whether those furry impecunious gourmands will go for these unusual pepper varieties as much as I do, so just in case I also interspersed some jalapenos, tabascos and Thai Dragons.’
    • ‘Superb presents can be had here - though not by the impecunious.’
    • ‘So he induces Ray to offer Jonathan a vast sum of money to undertake an assassination in Berlin - money which the seriously ill and impecunious Jonathan badly needs.’
    • ‘It should go without saying it is a dish with which I am well familiar, having produced many of my own during my impecunious early 20s.’
    • ‘He gave impecunious artists credit, not always willingly.’
    • ‘I was aware of two games on Saturday where the relatively impecunious visitors were regarded as massive underdogs.’
    • ‘Well-born but impecunious younger brothers kidnap heiresses and roguishly attempt to persuade them into matrimony.’
    • ‘The family was very poor, an impecunious state somewhat worsened by the fact that while the other lads playing in the street would be called in for their tea at six, he and his younger brother would go into an empty house.’
    penniless, penurious, in penury, poor, impoverished, indigent, insolvent, moneyless, hard up, poverty-stricken, needy, in need, in want, destitute
    poor as a church mouse, without a sou, in straitened circumstances, on one's beam ends, unable to make ends meet
    on the breadline
    broke, flat broke, strapped for cash, cleaned out, strapped, on one's uppers, without two brass farthings to rub together, without two pennies farthings to rub together
    skint, boracic, stony broke, in queer street
    stone broke
    pauperized, beggared
    View synonyms


Late 16th century: from in- ‘not’ + obsolete pecunious ‘having money, wealthy’ (from Latin pecuniosus, from pecunia money).