[ mee-ger ]
/ ˈmi gər /


deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate: a meager salary; meager fare; a meager harvest.
having little flesh; lean; thin: a body meager with hunger.

Nearby words

  1. meadows's syndrome,
  2. meadowsweet,
  3. meadowy,
  4. meads,
  5. meadville,
  6. meagerly,
  7. meagerness,
  8. meagre,
  9. meal,
  10. meal moth

Also especially British, mea·gre.

Origin of meager

1300–50; Middle English megre < Old French maigre < Latin macer lean

1. See scanty. 2. gaunt, spare, skinny.

Related formsmea·ger·ly, adverbmea·ger·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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