What does penniless mean?

Definitions for penniless
ˈpɛn ɪ lɪspen·ni·less

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word penniless.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances(p), penniless, penurious, pinchedadjective

    not having enough money to pay for necessities


  1. pennilessadjective

    Not having a penny; utterly impoverished; extremely poor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pennilessadjective

    Moneyless: poor; wanting money.

    Etymology: from penny.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pennilessadjective

    destitute of money; impecunious; poor

  2. Etymology: [From Penny.]

How to pronounce penniless?

How to say penniless in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penniless in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penniless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of penniless in a Sentence

  1. Bui Thi Nhung:

    I don't want to stay home, marry young and live penniless, i'll try my luck next time.

  2. Henry Ford:

    There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.

  3. Maneesh Nariwal:

    Making complaints against stock brokers to SEBI is useless because brokers and Sebi are both hands in glove to make investors penniless

  4. Amy Vanderbilt:

    Everyone knows that a man can always marry even if he reaches 102, is penniless, and has all his faculties gone. There is always some woman willing to take a chance on him. (from the Complete Book of Etiquette, 1952)

  5. Christopher McCandless:

    Tramping is too easy with all this money. My days were more exciting when I was penniless and had to forage around for my next meal... I've decided that I'm going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to pass up.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for penniless

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for penniless »


Find a translation for the penniless definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these penniless definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "penniless." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 2 Feb. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/penniless>.

    Are we missing a good definition for penniless? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    • A. busy
    • B. abrupt
    • C. transparent
    • D. dangerous

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for penniless: