- 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.
meager definition by Webster's New World
- thin; lean; emaciated
- of poor quality or small amount; not full or rich; inadequate
Origin: Middle 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
meager definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English megre, thin, from Old French, from Latin macer; see māk- in Indo-European roots.
- meaˈger·ly adverb
- meaˈger·ness noun