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English word penniless comes from English -less (Lacking (something); without (something).), English pence.

Penniless etymology ?

Penniless detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-less English (eng) Lacking (something); without (something).
pence English (eng) (British, Irish) (the subunit of the pound sterling or Irish pound).
penniless English (eng) Not having a penny; utterly impoverished; extremely poor.

Words with the same origin as penniless

Descendants of -less
breathless clueless countless defenseless fearless flawless hopeless meaningless merciless needless pointless priceless regardless relentless ruthless selfless senseless sleepless thoughtless timeless toothless topless useless wireless
Descendants of pence
pee