From Middle French maigre.
(comparative meagrer, superlative meagrest)
(third-person singular simple present meagres, present participle meagring, simple past and past participle meagred)
- To make lean.
From Middle English megre, from Anglo-Norman megre, Old French maigre, from Latin macer, from Proto-Indo-European *mh₂ḱros. Cognate with Old English mæġer (“meagre, lean”), Dutch mager (“lean”), German mager (“lean”), Icelandic magur (“lean”)..
Variant of meager
- 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