The Closing Word: Impecunious

The Closing Word: MettleThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (im-puh-CYOON-ee-us)

not having enough money to pay for necessities

From ”Impecunious comes from the old Latin word for money, pecunia, combined with the prefix im, meaning not or without. But impecunious doesn’t just mean having no money. It means that you almost never have any money.”

“Though once impecunious and barely able to afford more than pasta and thrift-store clothes, the couple worked hard and over five years saved enough for a downpayment on a small house.”

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