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meager

adjective

Definition: 1. deficient or unsatisfactory in quality, quantity, or size; 2. of bad quality; 3. very thin

Synonyms: scant, sparse, scrawny, shabby, inadequate, insubstantial

Antonyms: ample, adequate, sufficient, copious

Tips: The root of meager is also the source of the word emaciate. Both words are derived from the French word maigre, which means ďlean" or "thin.Ē To say that there is a meager amount of something means "there is not enough of it."

Usage Examples:

Thatís a very good idea, but with our meager resources, Iím not sure that we can make it work. (insubstantial, sparse)

The meager salary I earned at my first real job did not allow for any savings. (scant, inadequate)

His meager existence did not make him unhappy; he liked leading a simple life. (scant, shabby)

The meager amount of food at the cocktail party caused me to leave hungry. (insubstantial, sparse)


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