Definition: having little or no money
Why I Looked It Up
In a discussion of Louisa Alcott, the author of Little Women:
The family lived in poverty, as the impecunious Bronson Alcott pursued a series of reform activities…
Wikipedia describes Bronson (Louisa’s father) as a “teacher, philosopher, and reformer.” One can imagine that doesn’t pay well.
Alcott founded Fruitlands, a transcendentalist experiment in community living. The project failed after seven months. Alcott and his family struggled financially for most of his life.