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.

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM meager

mea·ger·ly, adverbmea·ger·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for meagre

meagre

US meager

/ (ˈmiːɡə) /

adjective

deficient in amount, quality, or extent
thin or emaciated
lacking in richness or strength

Derived forms of meagre

meagrely or US meagerly, adverbmeagreness or US meagerness, noun

Word Origin for meagre

C14: from Old French maigre, from Latin macer lean, poor
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