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exiguous

[ ig-zig-yoo-uhs, ik-sig- ]
/ ɪgˈzɪg yu əs, ɪkˈsɪg- /
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adjective

scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.

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Origin of exiguous

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin exiguus “scanty in measure or number, small,” equivalent to exig(ere) “to drive out, measure, exact” + -uus adjective suffix; see origin at exigent,-ous

OTHER WORDS FROM exiguous

ex·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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British Dictionary definitions for exiguous

exiguous
/ (ɪɡˈzɪɡjʊəs, ɪkˈsɪɡ-) /

adjective

scanty or slender; meagrean exiguous income

Derived forms of exiguous

exiguity (ˌɛksɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or exiguousness, nounexiguously, adverb

Word Origin for exiguous

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