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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meagerness - the quality of being meagermeagerness - the quality of being meager; "an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes"-George Eliot
inadequacy, deficiency, insufficiency - lack of an adequate quantity or number; "the inadequacy of unemployment benefits"
wateriness - meagerness or poorness connoted by a superfluity of water (in a literary style as well as in a food); "the haziness and wateriness of his disquisitions"; "the wateriness of his blood"; "no one enjoys the burning of his soup or the wateriness of his potatoes"
abstemiousness - restricted to bare necessities
spareness, sparseness, sparsity, thinness - the property of being scanty or scattered; lacking denseness
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References in classic literature ?
And another thing they learned was that it was easier for one who has gorged at the flesh-pots to content himself with the meagerness of a crust, than for one who has known only the crust.
From out of the meagerness of our censored histories we learned that for fifteen years after the cessation of diplomatic relations between the United States of North America and the belligerent nations of the Old World, news of more or less doubtful authenticity filtered, from time to time, into the Western Hemisphere from the Eastern.
The culture of giving to others, notwithstanding the meagerness of resources at one's disposal, builds a personality of unrivaled level of benignity and philanthropy.
Larkin's humility, his insistence on meagerness, verges on
There are multiple factors that can be attributed to the emergence of soft support, which ranges from meagerness of the basic necessity of life to poor infrastructure, from limited economic opportunities to marginalization, and from prevalent of injustice to discrimination.
Some Western PA scholars have found the development of PA unsatisfactory, suffering from such maladies as theoretical meagerness (Fitzpatrick et al., 2011; O'Toole and Meier, 2015), insufficient philosophical and intellectual underpinnings (Durant and Rosenbloom, 2016; Neumann, 1996), methodological simplification (Perry, 2012; Spicer, 2005) and the erosion of core competence (Lynn, 2001; Rodgers and Rodgers, 2000).
Given the meagerness of other sources of retirement income for most workers, reforms should not reduce the proportion of their earnings that Social Security replaces.
Koch's nature there was a certain meagerness. Everywhere one felt a
Furthermore, their social organization is presented as a function of the meagerness of the land in which they live: chiefless, hostile tribes "separated from each other only by a deserted border or neutral territory....
But the larger concern over Charter change and the proposed shift from unitary to a federal system of government is the meagerness of the information made available to the public on what the precise proposed changes are.
Considering this, it seems legitimate to challenge the left-aligned and body-text frame in which the victims' voices are rendered in the translated transcripts of their testimonies--a frame that conveys verbosity rather than meagerness, unity rather than fragmentation.
Self-criticism is also considered a maladaptive strategy to cope up with meagerness and feelings of inferiority (Gilbert, Clarke, Hemple, Miles, and Irons, 2004) and restrict one's functioning (Gilbert et al., 2010).