meager

[mee-ger]
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.
Also, especially British, meagre.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English megre < Old French maigre < Latin macer lean

meagerly, adverb
meagerness, noun


1. See scanty. 2. gaunt, spare, skinny.
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meagre or meager (ˈmiːɡə)
 
adj
1.  deficient in amount, quality, or extent
2.  thin or emaciated
3.  lacking in richness or strength
 
[C14: from Old French maigre,from Latin macer lean, poor]
 
meager or meager
 
adj
 
[C14: from Old French maigre,from Latin macer lean, poor]
 
'meagrely or meager
 
adv
 
'meagerly or meager
 
adv
 
'meagreness or meager
 
n
 
'meagerness or meager
 
n

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meager
c.1300, "lean, thin, emaciated" (of persons or animals), from O.Fr. megre, maigre, from L. macrum (nom. macer) "lean, thin," from PIE *makro- (see macro-). Of material things (land, food, etc.) from 1501.

meagre
British spelling of meager (q.v.); for suffix, see -re.
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Example sentences
In exchange, they got a meagre allowance of performance-related payments and
  the promise of royalties.
It is wary of attracting even more money from foreign investors, who are
  looking for high returns in a world of meagre yields.
The programmes available for the poor are at once limited and helpful, meagre
  and costly.
Little wonder that consumer spending remains meagre.
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