English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'hard up'

(adjective) 
Definition
in need of money
Her parents were hard up.
Synonyms
poor
He was one of thirteen children from a poor family.
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broke (informal)
I'm as broke as you are.
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bust (informal)
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bankrupt
I was finally declared bankrupt.
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impoverished
The goal is to lure businesses into impoverished areas.
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in the red (informal)
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cleaned out (slang)
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penniless
a penniless refugee
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out of pocket
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down and out
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skint (British, slang)
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strapped for cash (informal)
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impecunious
I first met him when he was an impecunious, would-be racing driver.
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dirt-poor (informal)
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on the breadline
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flat broke (informal)
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on your uppers (informal)
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in queer street
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without two pennies to rub together (informal)
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short of cash or funds
Opposites
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loaded (slang)
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comfortable (informal)
, , , ,
well-heeled (informal)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bankrupt
Definition
financially ruined
I was finally declared bankrupt.
Synonyms
broke (informal),
wiped out (informal),
beggared,
on the rocks,
gone bust (informal),
in receivership,
gone to the wall,
in the hands of the receivers,
on your uppers,
in queer street (informal)
in the sense of broke
Definition
having no money
I'm as broke as you are.
Synonyms
bust (informal),
in the red,
cleaned out (slang),
down and out,
skint (British, slang),
strapped for cash (informal),
dirt-poor (informal),
flat broke (informal),
on your uppers,
stony-broke (British, slang),
in queer street (informal),
without two pennies to rub together (informal),
without a penny to your name
in the sense of impecunious
Definition
without money
I first met him when he was an impecunious, would-be racing driver.
Synonyms
broke (informal),
strapped (slang),
stony (British, slang),
cleaned out (slang),
down and out,
skint (British, slang),
dirt-poor (informal),
flat broke (informal),
in queer street,
without two pennies to rub together (informal)

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