Definition of exiguous in US English:



  • Very small in size or amount.

    ‘my exiguous musical resources’
    • ‘So the charge made for the accommodation during her lifetime was the nominal charge referable to her exiguous state retirement pension.’
    • ‘Given these exiguous resources, Faulkner's political achievements down to the end of 1973 were not inconsiderable.’
    • ‘My, you gave me an exiguous amount of time to answer that!’
    • ‘Even the clouds glimpsed in crevices between buildings above Wall Street are sliced into exiguous triangles.’
    • ‘A lot of the fun of reading these papers is seeing how an exiguous collection of commitments plays out in so many different domains.’
    • ‘The second one is that the relatively exiguous constraints on some obnoxious weapons are useless when an occupying power decides that it is at war with a population.’
    inadequate, scanty, scant, paltry, limited, restricted, modest, insufficient, sparse, spare, deficient, negligible, insubstantial, skimpy, short, little, lean, small, slight, slender, poor, miserable, pitiful, puny, miserly, niggardly, beggarly
    meagre, inadequate, insufficient, small, scant, scanty, paltry, negligible, limited, restricted, modest, sparse, spare, deficient, skimpy, short, little, miserable, pitiful, puny, miserly, niggardly, beggarly
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Mid 17th century: from Latin exiguus ‘scanty’ (from exigere ‘weigh exactly’) + -ous.