measly

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A child with measles

Etymology[edit]

measle (singular of measles) +‎ -y; the word measle is either from Middle Dutch masel (a blister filled with blood; a pustule, a skin blemish), or Middle Low German masel (a red skin blemish), from Proto-Germanic *masuraz (a knot or scar in wood; a knarl), from *mas-, *mēs- (a spot; a sore; a scar), from Proto-Indo-European *mos- (a skin sore).

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measly (comparative measlier, superlative measliest)

  1. Particularly of pigs or pork: infected with larval tapeworms or trichinae (parasitic roundworms).
  2. Of a person: infected with measles.
  3. Small (especially contemptibly small) in amount; miserable, paltry, trifling.

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