From Middle English megre, from Anglo-Normanmegre, Old French maigre, from Latinmacer, from Proto-Indo-European*mh₂ḱros. Cognate with Old English mæġer (“meagre, lean”), Dutch mager (“lean”), German mager (“lean”), Icelandic magur (“lean”)..
The work is only known to us in the meagre abridgment of Jordanes (ed.
Dietaries differed, here too ample, there meagre to starvation.
His parents were poor, and he received a meagre education, but made up for it by careful self-culture.
He has passed far beyond the bald and meagre diction of the early chroniclers.
He was generally furnished with notes, meagre indeed and inaccurate, of what had been said; but sometimes he had to find arguments and eloquence both for the ministry and for the opposition.