meager

[ mee-ger ]
/ ˈmi gər /

adjective

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

SYNONYMS FOR meager
1. See scanty. 2. gaunt, spare, skinny.

Related formsmea·ger·ly, adverbmea·ger·ness, noun

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