Definition of meager
Examples of meager in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of meager from the Web
Things have been even worse in left, where Arizona has cycled through half a dozen players who have combined for a meager .698 OPS, third worst in the NL.
While unemployment has dropped to a 42-year-low, meager pay gains are reducing real incomes.
All along the peninsula, peasants who have been eking out a meager existence by subsistence farming and fishing say they’ve been left to fend for themselves amid a painfully slow recovery, and in the midst of another hurricane season.
Misbehavior, meager test scores and absenteeism were persistent before the day some fourth-graders cut their arms in a gang initiation.
Eager to upgrade the defense even on a meager budget, the Detroit Red Wings targeted Trevor Daley as the best available option.
At a meager $3,000 per month, this treatment would have saved lives.
Residents thus spend even more of their already meager incomes on transportation.
Hearing how meager, yet determined, beginnings turned onto a road that took him from Hollywood, to behind the Iron Curtain, makes this story compelling and fascinating.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of meager
MEAGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of meager for English Language Learners
: very small or too small in amount
: not having enough of something (such as money or food) for comfort or happiness
MEAGER Defined for Kids
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