Definition of meagreness in English:


(US meagerness)


mass noun
  • Lack of quantity or quality; inadequacy.

    ‘job satisfaction eclipses the meagreness of income’
    • ‘True believers can even take encouragement from the meagreness of so much of the action in Coimbra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Through the heat of this long ride, we felt our total lack of water and the meagreness of our supply of food.’
    • ‘He is quite content as the job satisfaction eclipses the meagreness of income.’
    • ‘However, the commissioners admitted such compulsion was rarely realistic, considering the meagreness of most women's wages.’
    • ‘On Tuesday evening a telegraphic despatch was published, but, owing to the meagreness of its contents, did not remove the apprehensions previously existing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meagerness of the UK's benefits was never policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One patient just recently began collecting social security and was complaining about the meagerness of her payments.’
    • ‘As principal of its primary school, he knew its life intimately, and was depressed by its meagerness.’
    • ‘When pressed by sometimes testy Congressmen about the meagerness of Soviet disclosures, he replied blandly, "We have been very forthcoming."’
    inadequacy, scantiness, paucity, paltriness, dearth, limitedness, restrictedness, insufficiency, sparseness, spareness, scarcity, deficiency, slightness, skimpiness, leanness, poorness, poverty, pitifulness, miserliness, puniness, beggarliness
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