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meager

[mee-ger] /ˈmi gər/
adjective
1.
deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate:
a meager salary; meager fare; a meager harvest.
2.
having little flesh; lean; thin:
a body meager with hunger.
3.
Also, especially British, meagre.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English megre < Old French maigre < Latin macer lean
Related forms
meagerly, adverb
meagerness, noun
Synonyms
1. See scanty. 2. gaunt, spare, skinny.
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  • And he is doing so with meager funding and only a small band of supporters.
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  • Both books have done alright, but my royalties are meager.
  • Instead, I continued to shell out my meager disposable income on hardbacks.
  • It's tough work for an often meager reward.
  • Grandmothers have often been through hard times and know how to make a meal from meager ingredients.
  • It's enough to make you stash your meager savings in a piggy bank.
  • On Madagascar this puzzle is complicated by the fact that the fossil record of mammals from the past 65 million years is meager.
  • The monthly handout disappears on meager amounts of food.
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British Dictionary definitions for meager

meagre

/ˈmiːɡə/
adjective
1.
deficient in amount, quality, or extent
2.
thin or emaciated
3.
lacking in richness or strength
Derived Forms
meagrely, (US) meagerly, adverb
meagreness, (US) meagerness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French maigre,from Latin macer lean, poor
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Word Origin and History for meager
adj.

late 14c. (late 12c. as a surname), "lean, thin, emaciated" (of persons or animals), from Old French megre, maigre "thin" (12c.), from Latin macrum (nominative macer) "lean, thin" (source of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian magro), from PIE *makro- (see macro-). Of material things (land, food, etc.) from early 15c. Cognate Germanic words (Old Norse magr "thin," Old High German magar, German mager, Middle Dutch magher, Dutch mager, Old English mæger) come directly from the PIE root via Proto-Germanic *magras and are not from Latin.

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