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measly

adjective mea·sly \ˈmēz-lē, ˈmē-zə-\

: very small or too small in size or amount

mea·sli·ermea·sli·est

Full Definition of MEASLY

1
:  infected with measles
2
a :  containing larval tapeworms
b :  infested with trichinae
3
:  contemptibly small
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Examples of MEASLY

  1. She complained about being given such a measly raise.
  2. All I want is a few measly minutes of your time.

First Known Use of MEASLY

1687
MEASLIER Defined for Kids

measly

adjective mea·sly \ˈmēz-lē\
mea·sli·ermea·sli·est

Definition of MEASLY for Kids

:  so small or unimportant as to be rejected with scorn <They left a measly tip for the waiter.>
Medical Dictionary

measly

adjective mea·sly \ˈmēz-(ə-)lē\
mea·sli·ermea·sli·est

Medical Definition of MEASLY

1
:  infected with measles
2
a :  containing larval tapeworms b :  infected with trichinae

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