• WordNet 3.6
    • adj penniless not having enough money to pay for necessities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Penniless Destitute of money; impecunious; poor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • penniless Without a penny; moneyless; poor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Penniless without a penny: without money: poor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Penny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. penig, oldest form pending, where pend=Eng. pawn, Ger. pfand, Dut. pand, a pledge, all which are from L. pannus, a rag, a piece of cloth.


In literature:

I have told him so, and he has threatened to turn me penniless from his house.
"Nina Balatka" by Anthony Trollope
Wise men are beautiful, even though deformed; rich though penniless; kings though they be slaves.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
He marries a woman, and his father casts him off penniless and professionless.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
She saw the whole fabric of her life in ruins, her son the penniless successor to a tarnished name.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
Now I found myself at Valladolid quite penniless.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
If I live, and he lets me know his whereabouts, I cannot leave him penniless.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
Soon he became stranded, practically penniless.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
You have wedded this night a penniless girl.
"Mischievous Maid Faynie" by Laura Jean Libbey
Then he's penniless, depend upon it.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The man was injured and penniless.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

The trees were sugared like wedding-cake
With a bright hoar frost, with a very cold snow,
When we went begging for Jesus' sake,
Penniless children, years ago.
"Legend" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Down by the dyke-side a lady did dwell,
At his table head he thought she'd look well,
McClish's ae daughter o' Claversha' Lee,
A penniless lass wi' a lang pedigree.
"The Laird of Cockpen" by Carolina Oliphant
Mark how her turning shoulders wind the hours,
And hasten while her penniless rich palms
Pass superscription of bent foam and wave,—
Hasten, while they are true,—sleep, death, desire,
Close round one instant in one floating flower.
"Voyages II" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

Mike Tyson has landed many a punch, but perhaps the most brutal knockout blow he's thrown might have been at his own pocketbook: the 43-year-old boxing legend told the ladies of The View Friday that he's penniless these days.
In many, the FBI crossed the line into entrapment , luring penniless men and teenagers into sophisticated plots they never could have dreamed of on their own.
It's easy to dis a gallery run by the young and penniless.
Meet Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper, "The Hangover Part II"), a near-penniless SciFi novelist with an impending deadline, writer's block and not one word put to digital paper.
Creditors have no recourse if debtor dies penniless .
Leave These Folks Penniless Or In Jail.
The Penniless Gamer's Guide: Final Fantasy X.
Irvin Leigh Matus, 69, penniless Shakespeare scholar who lived by his own design.
His Penniless Coder Faces Prison.
Creditors have no recourse if debtor dies penniless.
F AMILY HOMES lost to bad mortgages, the elderly left penniless, and a tanking economy: 2012 has plenty in common with 1929.
"It's just one of those things where unfortunately, I don't have the money," the penniless customer, Chloe Teply, told KCRG-YB.
Burberry 's flagship store marks the corner of Knightsbridge and Brompton Road, but the beacon of the district is Harrods, the six-story, 4.5-acre department store castle that will leave you penniless.
AKHALI SAMGORI, GEORGIA— Four years ago, Jemali Tsiklauri, a trader and traveler who had gone off to find fortune in Moldova, returned penniless to this desolate village to try his hand at living off the land.
Pollard 's riding career was on a one way street downhill when in August 1936 he arrived penniless at a race track in Detroit.

In science:

Is it really advisable to pay for a ticket $W exp(2) − $ε , where ε is an arbitrarily small number? With 50% probability heads occurs on the first toss, and the player ends up penniless (except for $ε ).
Menger 1934 revisited