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From exig(ō) (to demand) +‎ -uus.



exiguus (feminine exigua, neuter exiguum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. strict, exact
  2. paltry, inadequate


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative exiguus exigua exiguum exiguī exiguae exigua
Genitive exiguī exiguae exiguī exiguōrum exiguārum exiguōrum
Dative exiguō exiguō exiguīs
Accusative exiguum exiguam exiguum exiguōs exiguās exigua
Ablative exiguō exiguā exiguō exiguīs
Vocative exigue exigua exiguum exiguī exiguae exigua

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exiguus m (genitive exiguī); second declension

  1. a poor man


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative exiguus exiguī
Genitive exiguī exiguōrum
Dative exiguō exiguīs
Accusative exiguum exiguōs
Ablative exiguō exiguīs
Vocative exigue exiguī

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See also[edit]


  • exiguus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • exiguus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • exiguus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • exiguus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • for a short time: brevis or exigui temporis
    • to start from small beginnings: ab exiguis initiis proficisci
    • little money: pecunia exigua or tenuis
    • a small force: exiguae copiae (Fam. 3. 3. 2)
    • (ambiguous) for a short time: ad exiguum tempus
    • (ambiguous) to incur debts on a large scale: grande, magnum (opp. exiguum) aes alienum conflare