Meager meaning

mēgər
Thin; lean; emaciated.
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The definition of meager is something that is thin, scanty or not enough.

An example of meager is two mushrooms for dinner.

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Of poor quality or small amount; not full or rich; inadequate.
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Having little flesh; lean; thin.
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Poor, deficient or inferior in amount, quality or extent; paltry; scanty; inadequate; unsatisfying.

A meager piece of cake in one bite.

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To make lean.
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Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble.

The meager soil of an eroded plain.

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Having little flesh; lean.
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Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
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Origin of meager

  • 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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary