greatly concerned with saving small sums of money
penny-wise and pound-foolish, careful about trifles but wasteful in large ventures
- Penny wise and pound foolish
Stingy about small expenditures and extravagant with large ones, as in Dean clips all the coupons for supermarket bargains but insists on going to the best restaurants—penny wise and pound foolish. This phrase alludes to British currency, in which a pound was once worth 240 pennies, or pence, and is now worth 100 pence. The […]
[pen-ee-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈpɛn iˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/ noun 1. any of several plants having round or roundish leaves, as the navelwort. /ˈpɛnɪˌwɜːt/ noun 1. Also called navelwort. a crassulaceous Eurasian rock plant, Umbilicus rupestris (or Cotyledon umbilicus), with whitish-green tubular flowers and rounded leaves 2. a marsh plant, Hydrocotyle vulgaris, of Europe and North Africa, having circular […]
[pen-ee-wurth] /ˈpɛn iˌwɜrθ/ noun 1. as much as may be bought for a penny. 2. a small quantity. 3. a bargain. /ˈpɛnɪˌwɜːθ/ noun 1. the amount that can be bought for a penny 2. a small amount: he hasn’t got a pennyworth of sense n. Old English peningwurð; see penny + worth (adj.). Figurative of […]
[puh-nob-skot, -skuh t] /pəˈnɒb skɒt, -skət/ noun, plural Penobscots (especially collectively) Penobscot for 2. 1. a river flowing S from N Maine into Penobscot Bay. 350 miles (565 km) long. 2. a member of a North American Indian people of the Penobscot River valley. 3. the Eastern Algonquian language of the Penobscot, a dialect of […]
noun 1. an inlet of the Atlantic in S Maine. 30 miles (48 km) long.