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measly

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adjective, mea·sly \ˈmēz-lē, ˈmē-zə-\

Simple Definition of measly

  • : very small or too small in size or amount

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of measly

measliermeasliest

  1. 1 :  infected with measles

  2. 2 a :  containing larval tapeworms b :  infested with trichinae

  3. 3 :  contemptibly small

Examples of measly in a sentence

  1. She complained about being given such a measly raise.

  2. All I want is a few measly minutes of your time.



1687

First Known Use of measly

1687


MEASLY Defined for Kids

measly

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adjective mea·sly \ˈmēz-lē\

Definition of measly for Students

measliermeasliest

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




Medical Dictionary

measly

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adjective mea·sly \ˈmēz-(ə-)lē\

Medical Definition of measly

measlier; mest

  1. 1:  infected with measles

  2. 2a:  containing larval tapewormsb:  infected with trichinae




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