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Meaning of MEAGER

Pronunciation:  'meegur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
  2. [adj]  barely adequate; "a meager allowance"
 

MEAGER is a 6 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: bare(a), exiguous, hand-to-mouth(a), hardscrabble, marginal, meagerly, meagre, measly, miserable, paltry, scanty, scrimpy, spare, stingy, ungenerous
 
 Antonyms: ample
 
 See Also: deficient, insufficient, scarce

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Mea"ger\, Meagre \Mea"gre\, a. [OE. merge, F. maigre, L.
    macer; akin to D. & G. mager, Icel. magr, and prob. to Gr. ?
    long. Cf. {Emaciate}, {Maigre}.]
    1. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean.
    
             Meager were his looks; Sharp misery had worn him to
             the bones.                            --Shak.
    
    2. Destitute of richness, fertility, strength, or the like;
       defective in quantity, or poor in quality; poor; barren;
       scanty in ideas; wanting strength of diction or affluence
       of imagery. ``Meager soil.'' --Dryden.
    
             Of secular habits and meager religious belief. --I.
                                                   Taylor.
    
             His education had been but meager.    --Motley.
    
    3. (Min.) Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
    
    Syn: Thin; lean; lank; gaunt; starved; hungry; poor;
         emaciated; scanty; barren.
    
    
  2. \Mea"ger\, Meagre \Mea"gre\, v. t.
    To make lean. [Obs.]
    
    
 
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