Word of the DayThursday, October 23, 2014
\ig-ZIG-yoo-uhs, ik-SIG-\ , adjective;
scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.
His exiguous nautical pension is hardly enough to pay for the one cockroach infested room which he inhabits in the slum area behind Tatwig Street...
-- Lawrence Durrell, Justine, 1957
There is an exiguous anthropological plot, concerning some papers improperly filched from a dying missionary, and an even more exiguous adulterous plot.
-- A.S. Byatt, "Barbara Pym," Passions of the Mind, 1991
Exiguous is related to the term exigent and comes from the Latin word exiguus meaning "scanty in measure or number."
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