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[ig-zig-yoo-uh s, ik-sig-] /ɪgˈzɪg yu əs, ɪkˈsɪg-/
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
Related forms
[ek-si-gyoo-i-tee] /ˌɛk sɪˈgyu ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
exiguousness, noun
exiguously, adverb Unabridged
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  • He would rank with Wolfe; indeed, considering the exiguity of his means, his feat would surpass that of Wolfe.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • The strong sonorous voice of the layman was in singular contrast with the exiguity of his thin, stunted frame.

  • No lean-jowled, hungry-looking devotees, living in exiguity and droning in exinanition their prayers,––not by any means.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for exiguity


/ɪɡˈzɪɡjʊəs; ɪkˈsɪɡ-/
scanty or slender; meagre: an exiguous income
Derived Forms
exiguity (ˌɛksɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ), exiguousness, noun
exiguously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin exiguus, from exigere to weigh out; see exigent
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Contemporary definitions for exiguity

inadequacy; scantiness; littleness

Word Origin

Latin exiguus 'scanty''s 21st Century Lexicon
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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