- contemptibly small, meager, or slight: They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work.
- wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory: a measly performance.
- infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh.
- pertaining to or resembling measles.
Origin of measly
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Examples from the Web for measly
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"Well, I'd lost the whole blamed chunk on a pair of measly aces," he said.Good Indian
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A measly hundred and fifty dollars a month and find yourself.Lord Jim
I forced that much from the Chilcat when I had the measly wretch upon his back.The Chief of the Ranges
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The muscles are sometimes full of them, and the pig is then said to be “measly.”Animal Parasites and Messmates
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Do you think I am going to break my neck for your measly ten dollars?
- informal meagre in quality or quantity
- (of meat) measled
- having or relating to measles
C17: see measles
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Word Origin and History for measly
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