measly

[mee-zlee]
adjective, measlier, measliest.
1.
Informal.
a.
contemptibly small, meager, or slight: They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work.
b.
wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory: a measly performance.
2.
infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh.
3.
pertaining to or resembling measles.

Origin:
1680–90; measl(es) + -y1

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

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measly
"affected with measles," 1680s, from measle (see measles) + -y (2); sense of "meager and contemptible" first recorded 1864 in British slang.
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Example sentences
Yes, it is sad the conditions that adjuncts have to endure to earn a measly
  wage.
The fish killer extraordinaire is a measly dinoflagellate, a kind of alga, or
  single-celled aquatic plant.
Unless you are freakishly flexible, you will only have managed to a measly
  acute angle.
It is a potent magnet for those millions of country people who can barely live
  off the measly landholdings available to them.
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