Definition of meager in English:


Syllabification: mea·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈmēɡər
(British meagre)


1(Of something provided or available) lacking in quantity or quality: they were forced to supplement their meager earnings
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  • 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.
1.1(Of a person or animal) lean; thin.
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  • 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.


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



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  • 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.

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