AskDefine | Define meager

Dictionary Definition

meager adj
1 deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare" [syn: meagre, meagerly] [ant: ample]
2 barely adequate; "a meager allowance" [syn: scrimpy]

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Alternative spellings

  • meagre (Commonwealth English)


From Anglo-Norman megre, Old and modern French maigre, from Latin macer



en-adj er
  1. Having little flesh; lean; thin.
  2. Deficient or inferior in amount, quality or extent; paltry; scanty; inadequate; unsatisfying.
    A meager piece of cake in one bite.


Derived terms


deficient or inferior

West Frisian



Extensive Definition

Meager or Meagre (see American and British English spelling differences) can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Lenten, Lilliputian, Spartan, Tom Thumb, abstemious, angular, angustifoliate, angustirostrate, angustisellate, angustiseptal, ascetic, austere, bare, bony, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, circumscribed, close, close-fitting, confined, constricted, cramp, cramped, crowded, cursory, deficient, depthless, dumpy, dwarf, dwarfed, dwarfish, elfin, exiguous, few, flat, flat-chested, fleshless, footling, frugal, gangling, gangly, gaunt, gawky, impoverished, inadequate, inappreciable, incapacious, incipient, incommodious, inconsequential, inconsiderable, infrequent, insignificant, insufficient, isthmian, isthmic, jejune, lank, lanky, lean, lean-fleshed, lean-looking, limited, little, low, mean, mere, midget, miniature, minimum, miserable, miserly, nanoid, narrow, near, negligible, niggardly, no great shakes, paltry, parsimonious, petty, picayune, picayunish, piddling, poor, puny, pygmy, rare, rawboned, restricted, rudimental, rudimentary, runty, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scraggy, scrawny, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy, scrubby, seldom met with, seldom seen, shabby, shallow, short, shriveled, shrunk, shrunken, skeletal, skimp, skimping, skimpy, skin-deep, skinny, slender, slight, slim, small, spare, sparing, sparse, spidery, spindling, spindly, spotty, sprinkled, squat, starvation, stingy, stinted, strait, straitened, stunted, subsistence, superficial, thin, thin-bellied, thin-fleshed, tight, tiny, trifling, trivial, twiggy, undersize, undersized, underweight, unnourishing, unnutritious, watered, watery, wizened
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