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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative spellings

  • meagre (Commonwealth English)

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Adjective

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.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

lean
deficient or inferior

West Frisian

Adjective

meager

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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