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measly

[ mee-zlee ]
/ ˈmi zli /
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adjective, mea·sli·er, mea·sli·est.

Informal.
  1. contemptibly small, meager, or slight: They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work.
  2. wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory: a measly performance.
infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh.
pertaining to or resembling measles.

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Origin of measly

First recorded in 1680–90; measl(es) + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for measly

measly
/ (ˈmiːzlɪ) /

adjective -slier or -sliest

informal meagre in quality or quantity
(of meat) measled
having or relating to measles

Word Origin for measly

C17: see measles
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