- 1(Of something provided or available) lacking in quantity or quality: they were forced to supplement their meagre earningsMore example sentences
inadequate, scanty, scant, paltry, limited, restricted, modest, insufficient, sparse, spare, deficient, negligible, insubstantial, skimpy, short, little, lean, small, slight, slender, poor, miserable, pitiful, puny, miserly, niggardly, beggarly• rare exiguous
- 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, animal, or part of the body) lean; thin: a tall, meagre, but erect manMore example sentences
- She had a slim and meager body, her neck was long, and her cheekbones were easily distinguished.
- She seemed so meagre and weak, like her body had lost that glow.
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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.
Middle English (in the sense 'lean'): from Old French maigre, from Latin macer.