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 for penurious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Penurious \Pe*nu"ri*ous\, a. [From Penury.]
     1. Excessively sparing in the use of money; sordid; stingy;
        miserly. "A penurious niggard of his wealth." --Milton.
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     2. Not bountiful or liberal; scanty.
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              Here creeps along a poor, penurious stream. --C.
                                                    Pitt.
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     3. Destitute of money; suffering extreme want. [Obs.] "My
        penurious band." --Shak.
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     Syn: Avaricious; covetous; parsimonious; miserly; niggardly;
          stingy. See Avaricious.
          [1913 Webster] --{Pe*nu"ri*ous*ly, adv. --
          Pe*nu"ri*ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  penurious
      adj 1: not having enough money to pay for necessities [syn:
             hard up, impecunious, in straitened
             circumstances(p), penniless, penurious, pinched]
      2: excessively unwilling to spend; "parsimonious thrift relieved
         by few generous impulses"; "lived in a most penurious manner
         --denying himself every indulgence" [syn: parsimonious,
         penurious]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "penurious":
     bankrupt, beggared, beggarly, begrudging, cheap, chintzy,
     destitute, dirt, flat broke, grudging, hard up, impecunious,
     impoverished, indigent, mean, mingy, miserly, near, necessitous,
     needy, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penniless, penny-pinching,
     pinchpenny, poor, poverty-stricken, shabby, sordid, stingy,
     thrifty, tight, tight-fisted, tightfisted, ungenerous
  
  

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