adjective, mea·sli·er, mea·sli·est.
- contemptibly small, meager, or slight: They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work.
- wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory: a measly performance.
Examples from the Web for measly
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.
When he ran for the House of Burgesses in 1755, the father of our nation got a measly 40 votes.
His profit margin on the quarter pounds he admitted to selling was a measly $200.
A tapestry like this was the ultimate luxury good and status symbol, worth so much more than a measly painting.
His now infamous Twitter account has a measly 186 followers.Who Wants To Be Prime Minister? Not Rami Hamdallah|Maysoon Zayid|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Besides what about that Police rifle out there on that measly cayuse, an' the buckskin jacket?The Long Patrol|H. A. Cody
I've bin on the Wabash, an' I don't want to never see the measly, muddy, agery ditch agin'.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)|John McElroy
Some stunt over the other side, or only another sea-trip out and home again, without catching sight of a measly Hun.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge|Percy F. Westerman
"The measly little varmint," said Walter, wrathfully, as they crouched beside the blaze.The Boy Chums in the Gulf of Mexico|Wilmer M. Ely
While I am waiting for some one to appear, face rises at window—the measly boy!