To make lean.
Other Word Forms of Meager
Origin of Meager
From Middle English megre, from Anglo-Norman megre, Old French maigre, from Latin macer, from Proto-Indo-European *mh₂ḱros. Akin, through the Indo-European root, to Old English mæġer (“meager, lean"), Dutch, German mager, Old Norse magr whence the Icelandic magur.
Middle English megre thin from Old French from Latin macer māk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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