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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.
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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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.
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.
To those who thought Luz espoused only a meagerness of execution, this series should come as a revelation.
Otherwise, we shall have but a nation of smirking persons, polite, dapper, genteel and correct, following the established forms, their shrunken frames concealed in costumes, because, if they were stript, their meagerness and deformity would disgust the world.
But the things again boil down to the meagerness of economic resources.
The combinatory procedures he performs on his carefully chosen assortments of objects are not intended to valorize or aggrandize them; instead, they are designed to come to grips with the conditions of the items meagerness and in that insufficiency paradoxically find the basis for rich experience.
One who reads his autobiographical letter to Justice Joseph Story is bound to be amazed at the meagerness of his education and training, both generally and in the law itself.
Always remember the great effects of those Tang poets, the meagerness of
The issue you want to uncover with your "walk" through these provisions is the contrast between the generosity of the coverage description and the meagerness of the internal coverage limit.
Under the standard, a court hearing an inherent-power request in a state-level budget dispute must decide when the meagerness of a general judicial budget renders a court incapable of rendering a specific constitutionally required duty.