What does the word meager mean?

Meager: adjective:

Low in amount, strength, or value; poor; very little.

Small in quality or quantity; very thin.

Some example sentences:

  1. Due to budget cuts, the dinners we will be serving at the shelter will be very meager, just bread and watery soup.
  2. Teachers frequently complain about the meager compensation they receive for putting in hours of hard labor.
  3. I am not a fan of using too much butter because it is so unhealthy, so I only used a meager amount.
  4. The poor man could only afford a meager amount of food and did not want to accept charity.
  5. We were served a meager portion of mash potatoes.
  6. His meager appearance made us think that something was wrong with him.
  7. The family was faced with a meager supply of food after the Katrina disaster.
  8. After all the hard work that we did, they offered to pay us a meager amount of money.
  9. The dinner was so meager, that some people didn't get to eat.
  10. The meek and meager shall inherit the Earth.

Some synonyms:

  • Bare
  • Bleak
  • Feeble
  • Frugal
  • Inadequate
  • Insignificant
  • Little
  • Low
  • Mere
  • Minimum
  • Poor
  • Scant
  • Scanty
  • Scarce
  • Short
  • Slender
  • Slight
  • Slim
  • Small
  • Sparse
  • Stingy
  • Tenuous

Some antonyms:

  • Abundant
  • Ample
  • Big
  • Bountiful
  • Copious
  • Enough
  • Fat
  • Full
  • Generous
  • Handsome
  • Large
  • Lavish
  • Liberal
  • Plentiful
  • Plenty
  • Profuse
  • Rich
  • Significant
  • Substantial
  • Sufficient
  • Wealthy
  • Wide

Origin of MEAGER:

Middle English megre, from Anglo-French megre, meigre, from Latin macr-, macer lean; akin to Old English mæger lean, Greek makros long First Known Use: 14th century