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Contemptibly small or few.‘three measly votes’
minute, small-scale, scaled-down, mini, baby, toy, pocket, fun-size, petite, dwarfish, knee-high, miniature, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal, micro, diminutive, pocket-sized, reduced, lilliputianView synonyms
- ‘One measly crumb of comfort is that the rate of decline has slowed.’
- ‘He was about six feet tall while I was a measly five.’
- ‘As the microwave chimed its monotone signal, Kelvin took out his measly breakfast and began reading papers as he consumed it.’
- ‘Why can't you sell us just one measly bag of your rice?’
- ‘How could losing a measly five hours of sleep possibly make me this tired for the rest of the week?’
- ‘Alas, it was not to be, so we're stuck with a measly 20GB hard drive.’
- ‘All fans get is a measly theatrical trailer for the film.’
- ‘As investors tire of measly 2% returns, they could dip more earnestly into stocks.’
- ‘He had made that long trek here for a few measly minutes of conversation.’
- ‘She had only one bathroom break, and three measly meals (usually gruel) were sent to her daily.’
- ‘Did I say a few measly hours ago that I was homesick?’
- ‘She could barely pay the rent off of the measly tips that the patrons were giving, and her wages were too low to provide her with any material comfort.’
- ‘She hated the long hours, the measly wages, the heat of the kitchen, and most of all, she hated that she never saw Noah.’
- ‘She worked in a bar for minimum wage and practically lived off of the measly tips she made.’
- ‘The highest rating that movie got was three measly stars.’
- ‘Unfortunately, instead of a partnership the brothers offer Steven a measly $20 raise.’
- ‘All that work to find out that I owe less than - wait for it - a measly £7!’
- ‘Rune looked at her measly amount of writing and felt ashamed.’
- ‘It has a lot of ground to cover in twenty-six measly episodes.’
- ‘In just over a decade, sales of Chilean wine have increased from a measly 14,000 cases a year in 1990 to 820,000 cases a year last year.’
Late 16th century (describing a pig or pork infected with measles): from measles + -y. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.
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