- The definition of meager is something that is thin, scanty or not enough.
An example of meager is two mushrooms for dinner.
A meager portion of pasta.
- thin; lean; emaciated
- of poor quality or small amount; not full or rich; inadequate
Origin of meagerMiddle English megre ; from Old French megre (Fr maigre) ; from Classical Latin macer, lean, thin ; from Indo-European an unverified form makro- ; from base an unverified form māk-, long and thin from source Classical Greek makros, long, Old English mæger, meager
- Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
- Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
- Having little flesh; lean.
Origin of meagerMiddle English megre, thin, from Old French, from Latin macer; see māk- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative meagerer, superlative meagerest)
(third-person singular simple present meagers, present participle meagering, simple past and past participle meagered)
- To make lean.