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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: maigre, from Latin macer 'thin'

meagre

adjective
     
mea‧gre British English ; meager American English
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 income/earnings/wages etc
He supplements his meager income by working on Saturdays.
a school with meagre resources
meagrely adverb
meagreness noun [uncountable]

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