One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Well provided with money; moneyed, wealthy. Now chiefly literary and humorous.
2Money-loving, avaricious; miserly, ungenerous.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in William Langland (c1325–c1390), poet. From Middle French pécunieux and its etymon classical Latin pecūniōsus well provided with money, moneyed from pecūnia money + -ōsus.
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