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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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Examples from the Web for exiguous
Historical Examples
  • There are plenty of references to them indeed, but they are exiguous and dull.

  • For the inflated he cherishes a noiseless, most exiguous bodkin.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist

    Charles Mills Gayley
  • Liosha joined us, accompanied by a porter, carrying their exiguous baggage.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • Often the Signal Office gives you the most exiguous information.

  • Flora saw her father trembling in all his exiguous length, though he held himself stiffer than ever if that was possible.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Together they had a noble breakfast, with waffles, and coffee not in exiguous cups but in large pots.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • The hospitality of the simple peasant was as hearty, his welcome as warm, as his means were exiguous.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • We belong—belonged—to an exiguous family, and naturally I'm no longer as young as I was.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • Diving suddenly into the recesses of something, she produced an exiguous round silver box.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Some of them, starting with exiguous capital, have made large fortunes in a year or two of trade.

    South America and the War F. A. Kirkpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for exiguous


/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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Word Origin and History for exiguous

"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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