exiguous

[ ig-zig-yoo-uh s, ik-sig- ]
/ ɪgˈzɪg yu əs, ɪkˈsɪg- /

adjective

scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.

Nearby words

  1. exigency,
  2. exigent,
  3. exigently,
  4. exigible,
  5. exiguity,
  6. exiguously,
  7. exilarch,
  8. exile,
  9. exilic,
  10. eximious

Origin of exiguous

1645–55; < Latin exiguus scanty in measure or number, small, equivalent to exig(ere) (see exigent) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix

Related formsex·i·gu·i·ty [ek-si-gyoo-i-tee] /ˌɛk sɪˈgyu ɪ ti/, ex·ig·u·ous·ness, nounex·ig·u·ous·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for exiguity

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

  • He would rank with Wolfe; indeed, considering the exiguity of his means, his feat would surpass that of Wolfe.

    The Bastonnais|John Lesperance
  • 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

exiguous

/ (ɪɡˈzɪɡjʊəs, ɪkˈsɪɡ-) /

adjective

scanty or slender; meagrean exiguous income
Derived Formsexiguity (ˌɛksɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or exiguousness, nounexiguously, adverb

Word Origin for exiguous

C17: from Latin exiguus, from exigere to weigh out; see exigent

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Word Origin and History for exiguity

exiguous

adj.

"scanty," 1650s, from Latin exiguus "small, petty, paltry, scanty in measure or number," from exigere (see exact).

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