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mea·sly

 (mēz′lē)
adj. mea·sli·er, mea·sli·est
1. Infected with measles.
2. Slang Contemptibly small; meager: gave the waiter a measly tip.

[Sense 2, from the low quality and unhealthiness of pork infected by porcine measles.]

measly

(ˈmiːzlɪ)
adj, -slier or -sliest
1. informal meagre in quality or quantity
2. (Veterinary Science) (of meat) measled
3. (Pathology) having or relating to measles
[C17: see measles]

mea•sly

(ˈmi zli)

adj. -sli•er, -sli•est.
1. contemptibly small: a measly salary.
2. infected with measles.
3. pertaining to or resembling measles.
[1685–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.measly - contemptibly small in amountmeasly - contemptibly small in amount; "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"

measly

adjective meagre, miserable, pathetic, paltry, mean, poor, petty, beggarly, pitiful, skimpy, puny, stingy, contemptible, scanty, miserly, niggardly, ungenerous, mingy (Brit. informal), snoep (S. African informal) The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.

measly

adjective
1. Slang. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
2. Slang. Contemptibly unimportant:
Idiom: of no account.
Translations

measly

[ˈmiːzlɪ] ADJ (measlier (compar) (measliest (superl))) → miserable, mezquino

measly

[ˈmiːzli] adjminable

measly

adj (+er) (inf)mick(e)rig (inf), → poplig (inf)

measly

[ˈmiːzlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → misero/a, miserabile
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