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 (ĭg-zĭg′yo͞o-əs, ĭk-sĭg′-)
Extremely scanty; meager.

[From Latin exiguus, from exigere, to measure out, demand; see exact.]

ex·ig′u·ous·ly adv.
ex·ig′u·ous·ness n.


(ɪɡˈzɪɡjʊəs; ɪkˈsɪɡ-)
scanty or slender; meagre: an exiguous income.
[C17: from Latin exiguus, from exigere to weigh out; see exigent]
exiguity, exˈiguousness n
exˈiguously adv


(ɪgˈzɪg yu əs, ɪkˈsɪg-)

scanty; meager; small.
[1645–55; < Latin exiguus, derivative of exigere (see exigent)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exiguous - extremely scanty; "an exiguous budget"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"


Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.


[egˈzɪgjʊəs] ADJexiguo


adj (form) savings, income, revenueknapp, dürftig
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Of course I have other reasons for thinking so--dozens of exiguous threads which lead vaguely up towards the centre of the web where the poisonous, motionless creature is lurking.
Flora saw her father trembling in all his exiguous length, though he held himself stiffer than ever if that was possible.
Her mother was a small, spare, light person, with a wandering eye, a very exiguous nose, and a large forehead, decorated with a certain amount of thin, much frizzled hair.
Pontano's pedagogy has attracted less scholarly attention than his poetic and other prose production in part because De aspiratione achieved a limited circulation in manuscript and print; although the work had an incunabular printing in 1481 and five further editions up to 1556, this was an exiguous early publication record in comparison with such school-level bestsellers as Perotti's Rudimenta grammatices or Agostino Dati's Elegantiolae.
Whether they were or no, the case for regarding Judge Alito himself as one was exiguous to the point of non-existence, yet the Democrats overwhelmingly opposed him anyway because on the Supreme Court he would be a standing reproach to their most treasured belief, that decency and humanity speak with one voice and on behalf of the liberal media consensus.
She is discarding her stockings so cautiously, whilst closely watching the effect on a putative onlooker, before her hood or her furtrimmed jacket which is open to reveal her decorative and exiguous stays.
Despite the lurid cover--illustrated by a blood spattered graphic of smiling assassins and twin pillars of modern terror, Yasser Arafat and Osama Bin Laden--it becomes apparent that Dershowitz is not interested in Bin Laden or Al Qaeda, and that his garbled slide froth selective definition to spurious logic is but an exiguous prelude to an imagined confrontation where he can find his true voice ventriloquising, like an angry paterfamilias, Zionism's political fury towards the Palestinian's stubborn refusal to disappear or be silenced.
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Compared to the multinational Pessoa industry, criticism of Pessanha's exiguous oeuvre, at least in Portugal (though not in Italy or Brazil) has remained, perhaps fortunately, more like a cottage industry.
Bann, exiguous in subject-matter, nevertheless demonstrates how the interface between the antiquarian and antiquity yields treasures to the literary archaeologist.
Recourse to the rather exiguous index reveals that there are four allusions to records of the Willoughby family; but again no indication occurs at any of them of how, if at all, access can be obtained to their evidence.
Shelden is also far more economical than Sherry, covering Greene's entire life in 488 pages (414 in the Random House edition), plus index and rather exiguous footnotes.