Definition of meager in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmēɡər/
(British meagre)


1(Of something provided or available) lacking in quantity or quality: they were forced to supplement their meager earnings
More example sentences
  • All the same he would queue up with the other drones for hours to receive his meagre earnings.
  • He had laid off some heavy bets recently and his meagre earnings as a postman would not cover them.
  • Through the solid floor of the abode, the chill of winter seeped in, fettered little by the meagre warmth provided by the fire.
inadequate, scanty, scant, paltry, limited, restricted, modest, insufficient, sparse, deficient, negligible, skimpy, slender, poor, miserable, pitiful, puny, miserly, niggardly, beggarly
informal measly, stingy, pathetic, piddling
formal exiguous
1.1(Of a person or animal) lean; thin.
Example sentences
  • The gutters were choked with inedible refuse: sticks, feathers, rags, skeletons of animals that had been boiled for their meager flesh.
  • We had no idea who she was, and only her meager profile gave proof that she was in fact female beneath the armor.
thin, lean, skinny, spare, scrawny, gangling, gangly, spindly, stringy, bony, rawboned, gaunt, underweight, underfed, undernourished, emaciated, skeletal



Pronunciation: /ˈmēɡərlē/
Example sentences
  • But elsewhere, it wasn't taken seriously and anti-virus programs were used meagrely in the eastern part of the globe.
  • It was meagerly furnished, but comfortable and cozy.
  • He lives very meagerly and asks no buddy for help, they don't care.


Middle English (in the sense 'lean'): from Old French maigre, from Latin macer.

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Syllabification: mea·ger

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