Definition of meager
- meager were his looks, sharp misery had worn him to the bones
- —William Shakespeare
- leading a meager life
- a meager diet
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.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
thin on the ground;
: very small or too small in amount
: not having enough of something (such as money or food) for comfort or happiness
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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