measly

adjective
mea·​sly | \ ˈmēz-lē How to pronounce measly (audio) , ˈmē-zə- \
measlier; measliest

Definition of measly

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

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Examples of measly in a Sentence

She complained about being given such a measly raise. All I want is a few measly minutes of your time.
Recent Examples on the Web About 20 years ago, the government paid an average 6.6 percent on its measly $3.4 trillion of debt. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Taylor: How much national debt is too much?," 10 Feb. 2021 After the initial $1,200 checks went out in April, most Americans did not see any more money from the government until the measly $600 checks went out last month. Photo: Jessica Mcgowan/getty Images., refinery29.com, "The Senate Is Now Blue. How Soon Can We Get That $2,000 Stimulus Payment?," 6 Jan. 2021 This phone sports a longer-lasting battery, fingerprint ID on the touchscreen, but a measly 32 GBs of storage, which won't last very long. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Consumer guide: 15 Samsung Galaxy smartphones, priced from $99 to $1,999," 11 Dec. 2020 Toledo's shot quality decreased dramatically during the first half, and the Rockets entered halftime averaging a measly 0.70 points per possession while shooting just 28.3% from the field. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball blows out Toledo, 91-71, in nonconference finale, lose Austin Davis," 10 Dec. 2020 Ezekiel Elliott, who finished the game with a measly 32 yards rushing, lost a fumble 43 seconds into the third quarter to put Washington in position for a cheap touchdown. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys just squandered their only chance to make the playoffs in a well-deserved loss," 26 Nov. 2020 What's more, the interior of the Dyson Sphere could, in theory, provide far more habitable real estate than a measly planet. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 30 Oct. 2020 What's more, the interior of the Dyson Sphere could, in theory, provide far more habitable real estate than a measly planet. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?," 30 Oct. 2020 The Spartans ran for just 50 yards on 39 carries, a measly average of 1.3 per carry. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football moves past Rutgers, steps into intensity of Michigan week," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of measly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Measly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/measly. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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measly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of measly

informal + disapproving : very small or too small in size or amount

measly

adjective
mea·​sly | \ ˈmēz-lē How to pronounce measly (audio) \
measlier; measliest

Kids Definition of measly

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

measly

adjective
mea·​sly | \ ˈmēz-(ə-)lē How to pronounce measly (audio) \
measlier; measliest

Medical Definition of measly

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

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