Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to meagerly: meagrely


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.meagerly - deficient in amount or quality or extentmeagerly - 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"
Adv.1.meagerly - to a meager degree or in a meager mannermeagerly - to a meager degree or in a meager manner; "these voices are meagerly represented at the conference"; "the area is slenderly endowed with natural resources"
amply, richly - to an ample degree or in an ample manner; "these voices were amply represented"; "we benefited richly"
amply, fully - sufficiently; more than adequately; "the evidence amply (or fully) confirms our suspicions"; "they were fully (or amply) fed"
References in periodicals archive ?
His habit of keeping his store filled from floor to ceiling suggested his belief in the business maxim: "A store meagerly stocked will invariably encourage potential customers to shop elsewhere.
Though we lack the kinds of detailed economic records for these societies that we have for Greece and Rome, everything we know about them suggests that their wealth was overwhelmingly controlled by a narrow elite who lived in splendor while the masses living meagerly.
It's starting to get better as I'm paying off the (security) deposits, but it will still take a few more months of living meagerly.
Lastly, and perhaps more importantly, globalization issues related to developing countries' NISs are meagerly addressed in scientific literature (Teixeira, 2013), resulting in a lack of theoretical and empirical knowledge for the specificities of this group of nations.
Economic growth has rebounded strongly in Ireland, mildly in Spain and Portugal and meagerly in Greece.
The unions were meagerly funded, with small staffs (less than five people).
Israel is targeting the strip with barrages of artillery, tank fire, bombs and rockets fired from warplanes and gunship helicopters, and the Palestinians are fighting back, largely depending on an arsenal of missiles, mostly made from meagerly available materials in the enclave.
In addition to that, Regeneron's other two marketed drugs, Arcalyst and Zaltrap, are operating in highly competitive markets and will contribute meagerly to fourth quarter results.
So the 10,784 men lying here would not have died in some romantic, baying glory on the battlefield, but in slow, agony with wounds modern medicine would baulk at, let alone the meagerly equipped tents of World War 1.
Later in life he wryly suggested that he ceased to pursue ordination after learning how meagerly Anglican bishops were paid.
Sugar industry fully exploit poor farmers by paying meagerly.
The United States health care delivery system spends billions of dollars on clinical care but spends meagerly on population-based medicine that influences health more profoundly than medical services.