- 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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Examples from the Web for meagre
She was the most meagre craft, in the way of outfit, I ever put to sea in.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She was very tall, built on the lines of a beauty transcending our meagre strain.Tiverton Tales
They were too poor to give him any but the most meagre education.Self-Help
Trees are also very rare on that spot, and these poor, meagre, and cancerous.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Dugald Stewart's meagre definition may serve us for a starting point.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
- deficient in amount, quality, or extent
- thin or emaciated
- lacking in richness or strength
Word Origin and History for meagre
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.