meagre

[[t]mi͟ːgə(r)[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe an amount or quantity of something as meagre, you are critical of it because it is very small or not enough.

The bank's staff were already angered by a meagre 3.1% pay rise...

Their food supply is meager.

(in AM, use meager)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • meagre — mea‧gre [ˈmiːgə ǁ ər] , meager adjective very small in amount: • Sales rose a meager 2.5% in January. • The chairman predicts very meagre growth this year. * * * meagre UK US UK (US meager) /ˈmiːgər/ adjective …   Financial and business terms

  • Meagre — Mea gre, n. [F. maigre.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large European sci[ae]noid fish ({Sci[ae]na umbra} or {Sci[ae]na aquila}), having white bloodless flesh. It is valued as a food fish. [Written also {maigre}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meagre — British English spelling of MEAGER (Cf. meager) (q.v.); for spelling, see RE (Cf. re) …   Etymology dictionary

  • meagre — is spelt this way in BrE, and usually meager in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • meagre — (US meager) ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking in quantity or quality. 2) lean; thin. DERIVATIVES meagreness noun. ORIGIN Old French maigre, from Latin macer …   English terms dictionary

  • meagre — mea|gre BrE meager AmE [ˈmi:gə US ər] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: maigre, from Latin macer thin ] a meagre amount of food, money etc is too small and is much less than you need ▪ a meagre diet of bread and beans meagre… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Meagre — Meager Mea ger, Meagre Mea gre, a. [OE. merge, F. maigre, L. macer; akin to D. & G. mager, Icel. magr, and prob. to Gr. makro s long. Cf. {Emaciate}, {Maigre}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean. [1913 Webster] Meager… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meagre — BrE, meager AmE adjective a meagre amount of food, money etc is too small and is much less than you need: meagre wages | a meager diet meagrely adverb meagreness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Meagre — Meager Mea ger, Meagre Mea gre, v. t. To make lean. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Meagre — Adlerfisch Adlerfisch (Argyrosomus regius) Systematik Teilklasse: Echte Knochenfische (Teleostei) Ordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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