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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.
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(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.
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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"
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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.
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(American) meager (ˈmiːgə) adjective
poor or not enough. meagre earnings.
ˈmeagrely adverb
ˈmeagreness noun
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a. escaso-a, insuficiente, pobre.
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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.
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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.
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We were all lazy and satisfied, now, as the meager entries in my note- book (that sure index, to me, of my condition,) prove.
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