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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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Word Origin and History for meagrest
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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