- 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.
Origin of meager
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Related Wordsneed, scantiness, poverty, scarcity, aridity, flatness, tedium, monotony, boredom, sameness
Examples from the Web for meagerness
Meagerness of information; qualities of commander to be relied upon.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
The peculiar characteristic of the child's vocabulary is its meagerness.Montessori Elementary Materials
It was evident that the trio were disappointed in the meagerness of his story.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
There was no reason now why he should continue the meagerness of their present life.The Woman Gives
The meagerness of their clothing is one of the tokens of their sanctity.From Egypt to Japan
Henry M. Field
Word Origin and History for meagerness
late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), "lean, thin, emaciated" (of persons or animals), from Old French megre, maigre "thin" (12c.), from Latin macrum (nominative macer) "lean, thin" (source of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian magro), from PIE *makro- (see macro-). Of material things (land, food, etc.) from early 15c. Cognate Germanic words (Old Norse magr "thin," Old High German magar, German mager, Middle Dutch magher, Dutch mager, Old English mæger) come directly from the PIE root via Proto-Germanic *magras and are not from Latin.