Definition of meagreness in English:


(US meagerness)


  • [mass noun] Lack of quantity or quality; inadequacy.

    ‘job satisfaction eclipses the meagreness of income’
    • ‘When pressed by sometimes testy Congressmen about the meagerness of Soviet disclosures, he replied blandly, "We have been very forthcoming."’
    • ‘In the end, due to the meagerness of both our resources and our carpentry skills, we settled on a balance constructed of wood and a precariously balanced wire hanger.’
    • ‘Whether an analyst points to the 27.6 percent of first-choice votes or the 28.4 percent of the total vote, the meagerness of his plurality is obvious.’
    • ‘He is quite content as the job satisfaction eclipses the meagreness of income.’
    • ‘On Tuesday evening a telegraphic despatch was published, but, owing to the meagreness of its contents, did not remove the apprehensions previously existing.’
    • ‘As principal of its primary school, he knew its life intimately, and was depressed by its meagerness.’
    • ‘The meagerness of the UK's benefits was never policy.’
    • ‘One patient just recently began collecting social security and was complaining about the meagerness of her payments.’
    • ‘However, the commissioners admitted such compulsion was rarely realistic, considering the meagreness of most women's wages.’
    • ‘True believers can even take encouragement from the meagreness of so much of the action in Coimbra.’
    • ‘Through the heat of this long ride, we felt our total lack of water and the meagreness of our supply of food.’
    • ‘Despite the meagerness of his military career and his own later hostility to militarism, there is no evidence that he ever opposed IRA actions during the war of independence.’
    inadequacy, scantiness, paucity, paltriness, dearth, limitedness, restrictedness, insufficiency, sparseness, spareness, scarcity, deficiency, slightness, skimpiness, leanness, poorness, poverty, pitifulness, miserliness, puniness, beggarliness
    measliness, stinginess
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