Simple Definition of meager
: very small or too small in amount
: not having enough of something (such as money or food) for comfort or happiness
Full Definition of meager
1 : having little flesh : thin
2 a : lacking desirable qualities (as richness or strength) <leading a meager life> b : deficient in quality or quantity <a meager diet>
Examples of meager
Every morning he eats a meager breakfast of toast and coffee.
We'll have to do the best we can with this year's meager harvest.
She came to this country with a fairly meager English vocabulary, but she is learning more words every day.
They suffered through several meager years at the beginning of their marriage.
Although she's now rich and famous, she remembers her meager beginnings as a child from a poor family.
Variants of meager
Origin of meager
Middle English megre, from Anglo-French megre, meigre, from Latin macr-, macer lean; akin to Old English mæger lean, Greek makros long
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of meager
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