[ig-zig-yoo-uh s, ik-sig-]
- scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.
Origin of exiguous
1645–55; < Latin exiguus scanty in measure or number, small, equivalent to exig(ere) (see exigent) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for exiguity
He would rank with Wolfe; indeed, considering the exiguity of his means, his feat would surpass that of Wolfe.The Bastonnais
The strong sonorous voice of the layman was in singular contrast with the exiguity of his thin, stunted frame.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China
Evariste Regis Huc
No lean-jowled, hungry-looking devotees, living in exiguity and droning in exinanition their prayers,––not by any means.The Book of Khalid
- scanty or slender; meagrean exiguous income
C17: from Latin exiguus, from exigere to weigh out; see exigent
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Word Origin and History for exiguity
"scanty," 1650s, from Latin exiguus "small, petty, paltry, scanty in measure or number," from exigere (see exact).
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