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also mea·gre  (mē′gər)
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
3. Having little flesh; lean.

[Middle English megre, thin, from Old French, from Latin macer; see māk- in Indo-European roots.]

mea′ger·ly adv.
mea′ger·ness n.


(ˈmi gər)

1. deficient in quantity or quality; scanty: a meager salary; meager fare.
2. having little flesh; lean.
Also, esp. Brit.,mea′gre.
[1300–50; Middle English megre < Old French maigre < Latin macer lean]
mea′ger•ly, adv.
mea′ger•ness, n.
syn: See scanty.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.meager - deficient in amount or quality or extentmeager - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
scarce - deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
minimal, minimum - the least possible; "needed to enforce minimal standards"; "her grades were minimal"; "minimum wage"; "a minimal charge for the service"
insufficient, deficient - of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement; "insufficient funds"
ample - more than enough in size or scope or capacity; "had ample food for the party"; "an ample supply"


1. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
2. Having little flesh or fat on the body:
Idioms: all skin and bones, thin as a rail.


a. escaso-a, insuficiente, pobre.
References in classic literature ?
Withal, my knowledge of him is so meager that I should rather not undertake to say if he were himself persuaded of the truth of what he relates; certainly such inquiries as I have thought it worth while to set about have not in every instance tended to confirmation of the statements made.
As soon as they had made their meager breakfast of salt pork, coffee and biscuit, Clayton commenced work upon their house, for he realized that they could hope for no safety and no peace of mind at night until four strong walls effectually barred the jungle life from them.
The first is the taste, Which is meager and hollow, but crisp: Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist, With a flavor of Will-o-the-wisp.