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exiguous

[ig-zig-yoo-uh s, ik-sig-] /ɪgˈzɪg yu əs, ɪkˈsɪg-/
adjective
1.
scanty; meager; small; slender:
exiguous income.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin exiguus scanty in measure or number, small, equivalent to exig(ere) (see exigent) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix
Related forms
exiguity
[ek-si-gyoo-i-tee] /ˌɛk sɪˈgyu ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
exiguousness, noun
exiguously, adverb
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Examples for exiguous
  • The speed at which the firing squads operated made his argument seem exiguous.
British Dictionary definitions for exiguous

exiguous

/ɪɡˈzɪɡjʊəs; ɪkˈsɪɡ-/
adjective
1.
scanty or slender; meagre an exiguous income
Derived Forms
exiguity (ˌɛksɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ), exiguousness, noun
exiguously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin exiguus, from exigere to weigh out; see exigent
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Word Origin and History for exiguous
exiguous
1650s, from L. exiguus "scanty in measure or number," from exigere (see exact).
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