Definition of impecunious in US English:



  • Having little or no money.

    ‘a titled but impecunious family’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well-born but impecunious younger brothers kidnap heiresses and roguishly attempt to persuade them into matrimony.’
    • ‘The stock market crash in the 1920s left him impecunious, however, and his attempt to make a mark as a painter came to little.’
    • ‘He gave impecunious artists credit, not always willingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, the case for spending money on him rather than an impecunious prospect becomes harder to argue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Superb presents can be had here - though not by the impecunious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was aware of two games on Saturday where the relatively impecunious visitors were regarded as massive underdogs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, impecunious students like me who went there in search of good bargains (like the fabulous ones they had last year) came away disappointed.’
    penniless, penurious, in penury, poor, impoverished, indigent, insolvent, moneyless, hard up, poverty-stricken, needy, in need, in want, destitute
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Late 16th century: from in- ‘not’ + obsolete pecunious ‘having money, wealthy’ (from Latin pecuniosus, from pecunia ‘money’).