- meagre (Commonwealth English)
From Middle English megre, from Anglo-Norman megre, Old French maigre, from Latin macer, from Proto-Indo-European *mh₂ḱros. Akin, through the Indo-European root, to Old English mæġer (“meager, lean”), Dutch, German mager, Old Norse magr whence the Icelandic magur.
- Having little flesh; lean; thin.
- Poor, deficient or inferior in amount, quality or extent; paltry; scanty; inadequate; unsatisfying.
- A meager piece of cake in one bite.
- 1607, Thomas Walkington, The Optick Glasse of Humors, or, The touchstone of a golden temperature, or ..., page 54:
- ...that begets many ugly and deformed phantasies in the braine, which being also hot and drie in the second extenuates and makes meager the body extraordinarily, ...
- 1637, William Shakespeare, The most excellent Historie of the Merchant of Venice: With the extreame crueltie of Shylocke..., page E5:
- Nor none of thee thou pale and common drudge tween man and man: but thou, thou meager lead which rather threatnest then dost promise ought...
- See also Wikisaurus:impoverished
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