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meagre

/ ˈmiːɡə /

adjective

  1. deficient in amount, quality, or extent
  2. thin or emaciated
  3. lacking in richness or strength


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Derived Forms

  • ˈmeagrely, adverb
  • ˈmeagreness, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of meagre1

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

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Example Sentences

Think of this, ye who talk, not always without reason, of "factory slaves" and the meagre rewards of labor in America.

Aguinaldoʼs scholarship is too meagre for an elevated position, and his dignity and self-respect too great for an inferior one.

This rather meagre information concerning him was furnished by a certain Madame Komorn.

The poor fellow's health so gave way under this meagre diet, that he died before his course of study was finished.

This is always repeated in one unvarying phase of the most jejune and meagre character.

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