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meager

[ mee-ger ]
/ ˈmi gər /
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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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Nearby words

meadows's syndrome, meadowsweet, meadowy, meads, meadville, meager, meagerly, meagerness, meagre, meal, 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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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 Formsmeagrely 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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