mea·sly | \ˈmēz-lē, 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.

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Billions of dollars are funneled to owners of capital in the form of dividends and stock buybacks, while laborers go begging for even the measliest wage increases. Michael Hiltzik,, "Employers will do almost anything to find workers to fill jobs — except pay them more," 10 July 2018 Plus, Streaks is a lot less annoying than stroking your phone screen repeatedly for eight seconds for one measly life. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "HQ rewards you for still playing the game with extra lives for participating daily," 5 July 2018 And Texas had mustered just one measly road win in five attempts. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas began its Super Regional run after early-season loss to Arkansas," 4 June 2018 Social media seems to have decided that the Rams stole an all-pro corner from the Chiefs at a measly price. Albert Breer,, "NFL Draft Quarterback Class: The Holes, the Hype and How the Combine Performances Will Factor," 1 Mar. 2018 Humans have only been around for a measly 200,000 years. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018 Companies don’t relocate headquarters based on a measly tax incentive. Steven Lemongello,, "Philip Levine at Orlando town hall: Florida needs a 'culture of excellence'," 4 May 2018 In an Instant Pot, you'll be done with the whole process in a measly 5 minutes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "10 Most-Pinned Instant Pot Recipes on Pinterest," 8 Mar. 2018 Over those eight games, opponents scored a measly 14 runs, an average of 1.75. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Royals 2: Winning streak reaches eight games with sweep of two-game series," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of measly

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of measly

: very small or too small in size or amount


mea·sly | \ˈmēz-lē \
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 \
measlier; measliest

Medical Definition of measly 

1 : infected with measles

2a : containing larval tapeworms

b : infected with trichinae

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