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First attested in 1596. From im- +‎ pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus, from pecūnia ‎(money) + -ōsus ‎(full of).



impecunious ‎(not comparable)

  1. Lacking money.
    • 1875 March 25, William S. Gilbert, Trial by Jury:
      When I, good friends, was called to the bar,
      I'd an appetite fresh and hearty,
      But I was, as many young barristers are,
      An impecunious party.
    • February 1896, Ground-swells, by Jeannette H. Walworth, published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; page 183:
      "Then what became of her?"
      "Her? Which 'her'? The park is full of 'hers.'"
      "The lady with the green feathers in her hat. A big Gainsborough hat. I am quite sure it was Miss Hartuff."
      "Not improbably. I presume she does sometimes take the air. And possibly she may be the happy owner of a Gainsborough hat with green feathers."
      "Don't be frivolous, please. She was in that victoria."
      "Then perhaps she was too impecunious to drive both ways."
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, "Leave it to Jeeves" in My Man Jeeves:
      [I]t would be a simple matter, sir, to find some impecunious author who would be glad to do the actual composition of the volume for a small fee.


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