Definition of meager in English:

meager

(British meagre)

adjective

  • 1(of something provided or available) lacking in quantity or quality.

    ‘they were forced to supplement their meager earnings’
    • ‘I was being jerked around in my seat like a rag doll and in fear I reached for the dash to provide some form of meagre support.’
    • ‘Earnings on this level fall to a meagre three cents a share.’
    • ‘The institutions' motivation is obvious: they are thinking about what you'll be earning in ten years time, rather than the meagre sums many students earn now.’
    • ‘The profligate US government, it was said, could not finance its deficits from the meager savings of its people, thereby necessitating borrowing from abroad.’
    • ‘Long waiting lists, a meagre state health budget and inadequate hospital services prompted the three men to raise cash and build their own hospital on the southside of Dublin.’
    • ‘Its meager light provided the group its only means of illumination.’
    • ‘Through the solid floor of the abode, the chill of winter seeped in, fettered little by the meagre warmth provided by the fire.’
    • ‘In a household where one of the parents was a newly graduated professor of linguistics and the other an artist, income was usually rather meagre and spasmodic in nature.’
    • ‘He had laid off some heavy bets recently and his meagre earnings as a postman would not cover them.’
    • ‘Colin Farrell, the latest Irish actor to make it in Hollywood, might command millions for a movie, but other Irish actors are struggling on meagre wages in theatre and television at home.’
    • ‘All the same he would queue up with the other drones for hours to receive his meagre earnings.’
    • ‘Shadows offered only meagre protection, but it was protection I was thankful for as I listened to her footsteps come down the hall toward me, the steps slow and measured.’
    • ‘Shadowy clouds completely obscured the moon, leaving a meager handful of stars to vainly attempt to provide light.’
    • ‘And from what I've seen, you're pretty content with your meagre wardrobe.’
    • ‘Its greatest weakness is its meager budget and limited scope.’
    • ‘A staggering 71% of workers in the industry don't even have access to a pension at work and many will be reliant on a meagre state pension to provide their retirement income.’
    • ‘Although she was managing to get by on the meagre salary she drew tutoring primary-school children after school, it most likely wouldn't last.’
    • ‘The big winner (or big loser, depending on your perspective) wins $50,000, a suitably meagre sum for a Canadian game show.’
    • ‘While they wait for the train, the prisoners eat their meager ration of bread.’
    • ‘He began to drink heavily, left London in 1914, and spent the rest of his life roaming around Ireland, living off meagre earnings from hastily scribbled articles and stories.’
    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
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    1. 1.1(of a person or animal) lean; thin.
      • ‘The gutters were choked with inedible refuse: sticks, feathers, rags, skeletons of animals that had been boiled for their meager flesh.’
      • ‘We had no idea who she was, and only her meager profile gave proof that she was in fact female beneath the armor.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense lean): from Old French maigre, from Latin macer.

Pronunciation:

meager

/ˈmēɡər/