Definition of 'penniless'
Example sentences containing 'penniless'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
She came to this country virtually penniless and seized an opportunity. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He sounds wistful for a time when actors died penniless. Times, Sunday Times (2014)And my ambition is to die penniless. The Sun (2009) Virtually penniless, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. DOVES OF WAR: Four Women of Spain (2002)A lot of those actors died penniless. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He was 44 and virtually penniless. The Sun (2013)Forced from her home by the civil war, she lived almost penniless in temporary camps barely able to find enough food. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I can't return to work as a chef for another six weeks at least and am almost penniless. The Sun (2012)He appears to have come to Britain after the war, almost penniless. Times, Sunday Times (2011) Almost penniless, she bequeathed a "few trifling memorials' to friends. PERDITA: The Life of Mary Robinson (2004)After applying for 120 jobs with no luck, he was left homeless and virtually penniless. The Sun (2013)It is sustained by security forces whose middle and lower ranks are almost as penniless, starving and demoralised as the citizens they are meant to suppress. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Hundreds of sports and entertainment figures in Europe and America have earned large incomes in their careers and died penniless. The Guide to Greatness in Sales (1994)Not least when, despite all the success, she was left virtually penniless thanks to an astronomical tax bill that wiped out the band. The Sun (2013)A penniless refugee, he still wanted to carry on with the medical studies he had commenced in Prague. Times, Sunday Times (2006)A FORMER financial agony aunt has been left virtually penniless after a costly divorce battle. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Trends of 'penniless'
Used Occasionally. penniless is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'penniless'
British English: penniless ADJECTIVE
Someone who is penniless has hardly any money at all.
They'd soon be penniless and homeless if she couldn't find suitable work.
Definition of penniless from the Collins English Dictionary
5 unusual words & phrases to upgrade your World Cup 2018 banter
Impress your friends, family and colleagues with this unusual collection of football lingo.
VAR, planebae & a peng sort: July’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this July with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.