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measly

[mee-zlee] /ˈmi zli/
adjective, measlier, measliest.
1.
Informal.
  1. contemptibly small, meager, or slight:
    They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work.
  2. wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory:
    a measly performance.
2.
infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh.
3.
pertaining to or resembling measles.
Origin of measly
1680-1690
1680-90; measl(es) + -y1
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measly

/ˈmiːzlɪ/
adjective -slier, -sliest
1.
(informal) meagre in quality or quantity
2.
(of meat) measled
3.
having or relating to measles
Word Origin
C17: see measles
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Word Origin and History for measly
adj.

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for measly

meany

noun

A cruel, unkind person; villain; heavy (1927+)

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