measly

adjective mea·sly \ ˈmēz-lē , ˈmē-zə- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of measly

measlier; measliest
1 : infected with measles
2 a : containing larval tapeworms
b : infested with trichinae
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.

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First Known Use of measly

1598


MEASLY Defined for English Language Learners

measly

adjective

Definition of measly for English Language Learners

  • : very small or too small in size or amount


MEASLY Defined for Kids

measly

adjective mea·sly \ ˈmēz-lē \

Definition of measly for Students

measlier; measliest
: 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 \

medical Definition of measly

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


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