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

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 Voters unaffiliated with a party are much less likely to vote in both primary and general elections, and as of Monday, their turnout was a measly 4.3%. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 Meta hit the 390 level during August/September, 2021 and now goes for a measly 200. John Navin, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 My measly couple-hundred followers would likely have been an immediate red flag to potential buyers that something was amiss. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 3 May 2022 The yield on retail money-market mutual funds rose a measly 0.03 point—while their expenses shot up 0.22 point. Jason Zweig, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 People just love reading about has-beens. Greg Meyer Los Angeles :: I as a longtime Angel fan was dismayed to see your measly coverage of Sunday’s Angels-Rangers game. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 This also means consumers will finally see rates rise from measly levels on at least some bank savings accounts and CDs. Editors, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2022 Just a few centimeters, a few measly degrees of trajectory would ultimately separate USC from a March miracle. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 Does the underwire slicing into your chest remind you that—much like your existence on this tiny planet in a measly galaxy in an infinite universe—bras are inherently meaningless? Mary Cella, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of measly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Measly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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.


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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