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meager


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Meager  \Mea"ger\,  Meagre  \Mea"gre\,  v.  t. 
  To  make  lean.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Meager  \Mea"ger\,  Meagre  \Mea"gre\,  a.  [OE.  merge,  F.  maigre,  L. 
  macer;  akin  to  D.  &  G.  mager,  Icel.  magr,  and  prob.  to  Gr  ? 
  long.  Cf  {Emaciate},  {Maigre}.] 
  1.  Destitue  of  or  having  little,  flesh;  lean. 
 
  Meager  were  his  looks  Sharp  misery  had  worn  him  to 
  the  bones.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Destitute  of  richness,  fertility,  strength,  or  the  like 
  defective  in  quantity,  or  poor  in  quality;  poor;  barren; 
  scanty  in  ideas;  wanting  strength  of  diction  or  affluence 
  of  imagery.  ``Meager  soil.''  --Dryden. 
 
  Of  secular  habits  and  meager  religious  belief.  --I. 
  Taylor. 
 
  His  education  had  been  but  meager.  --Motley. 
 
  3.  (Min.)  Dry  and  harsh  to  the  touch,  as  chalk. 
 
  Syn:  Thin;  lean;  lank;  gaunt;  starved;  hungry;  poor; 
  emaciated;  scanty;  barren. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  meager 
  adj  1:  deficient  in  amount  or  quality  or  extent;  "meager 
  resources";  "meager  fare"  [syn:  {meagre},  {meagerly}] 
  [ant:  {ample}] 
  2:  barely  adequate;  "a  meager  allowance"  [syn:  {scrimpy}] 




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