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1 definition found
 for measly, miserable, paltry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Meager \Mea"ger\, Meagre \Mea"gre\, a. [OE. merge, F. maigre, L.
     macer; akin to D. & G. mager, Icel. magr, and prob. to Gr.
     makro`s long. Cf. Emaciate, Maigre.]
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     1. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean.
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              Meager were his looks;
              Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. --Shak.
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     2. Destitute of richness, fertility, strength, or the like;
        defective in quantity, or poor in quality; poor; barren;
        scanty in ideas; wanting strength of diction or affluence
        of imagery; as, meager resources; meager fare. Opposite of
        ample. [WordNet sense 1] [Narrower terms: exiguous]
        [Narrower terms: hardscrabble, marginal] [Narrower
        terms: measly, miserable, paltry] "Meager soil."
        --Dryden.
  
     Syn: meagre, meagerly, scanty.
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                Of secular habits and meager religious belief.
                                                    --I. Taylor.
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                His education had been but meager.  --Motley.
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     3. (Min.) Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
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     4. less than a desirable amount; -- of items distributed from
        a larger supply. [WordNet sense 2]
  
     Syn: scrimpy, skimpy, skimping.
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     Syn: Thin; lean; lank; gaunt; starved; hungry; poor;
          emaciated; scanty; barren.
          [1913 Webster] Meager

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