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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.


(American) meager (ˈmiːgə) adjective
poor or not enough. meagre earnings.
ˈmeagrely adverb
ˈmeagreness noun


a. escaso-a, insuficiente, pobre.
References in classic literature ?
The lobster was a scarlet mystery to her, but she hammered and poked till it was unshelled and its meager proportions concealed in a grove of lettuce leaves.
Now and then some lonely Indian hut could be seen, and occasionally a craft propelled by a man who was trying to gain a meager living from the rubber forest which hemmed in the stream on either side.
Whatever was her own in the house, everything which she had acquired aside from her husband's bounty, she caused to be transported to the other house, supplying simple and meager deficiencies from her own resources.
In a few moments a colt was seen gliding, like a fallow deer, among the straight trunks of the pines; and, in another instant, the person of the ungainly man, described in the preceding chapter, came into view, with as much rapidity as he could excite his meager beast to endure without coming to an open rupture.
Why not put my house, my parlor, behind this plot, instead of behind that meager assemblage of curiosities, that poor apology for a Nature and Art, which I call my front yard?
At this point Sola returned with our meager belongings and her young Martian protege, who, of course, would have to share the quarters with them.
For all his inherited size and strength he was, after all, only a little boy-- a frightened, homesick little boy--reasoning faultily from the meager experience of childhood.
Let me begin with facts, bare, meager facts, verified by books and figures, and of which there can be no doubt.
In his flight the sound of these following foot- steps gave him his one meager relief.
They had no provisions left but a few dried salmon, yet finding the white men equally in want, they generously offered to share even this meager pittance, and frequently repeated the offer, with an earnestness that left no doubt of their sincerity.
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.
Letellier cast his eyes around him, and seeing the black and meager clerk with the scowling brow, scribbling away in his office, he preferred him to the best gendarme for the execution of this design.