Word of the Day Archive
Monday May 24, 1999
exiguity \ek-suh-GYOO-uht-ee\ , noun:
Scantiness; smallness; thinness;the quality of being meager.
An exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes
-- George Eliot
The soldiers' pay is in the highest degree exiguous; not above three half-pence a day.
Exiguity derives from the Latin exiguitas, itself from exiguus, meaning "strictly weighed," which came to signify "too strictly weighed"; hence, "meager." Related to exact ("precisely weighed or determined").