Meaning of MEAGER in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ adjective ]

or mea·gre ˈmē-gər

Etymology: Middle English megre, from Anglo-French megre, meigre, from Latin macr-, macer lean; akin to Old English mæger lean, Greek makros long

Date: 14th century

1. : having little flesh : thin


a. : lacking desirable qualities (as richness or strength)

leading a meager life

b. : deficient in quality or quantity

a meager diet

• mea·ger·ly adverb

• mea·ger·ness noun


meager , scanty , scant , skimpy , spare , sparse mean falling short of what is normal, necessary, or desirable. meager implies the absence of elements, qualities, or numbers necessary to a thing's richness, substance, or potency

a meager portion of meat

scanty stresses insufficiency in amount, quantity, or extent

supplies too scanty to last the winter

scant suggests a falling short of what is desired or desirable rather than of what is essential

in January the daylight hours are scant

skimpy usually suggests niggardliness or penury as the cause of the deficiency

tacky housing developments on skimpy lots

spare may suggest a slight falling short of adequacy or merely an absence of superfluity

a spare, concise style of writing

sparse implies a thin scattering of units

a sparse population

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.