Mead"ow*y(?), a. Of or pertaining to meadows; resembling, or consisting of, meadow.
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.]
1. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean.
Meager were his looks;Shak.
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
2. Destitute of richness, fertility, strength, or the like; defective in quantity, or poor in quality; poor; barren; scanty in ideas; wanting strength of diction or affluence of imagery; as,
meager fare. Opposite of
ample. [wns=1] [Narrower terms: exiguous] [Narrower terms: hardscrabble, marginal] [Narrower terms: measly, miserable, paltry] "Meager soil."
Syn. -- meagre, meagerly, scanty.
Of secular habits and meager religious belief.I. Taylor.
His education had been but meager.Motley.
(Min.) Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
4. less than a desirable amount; -- of items distributed from a larger supply. [wns=2]
Syn. -- scrimpy, skimpy, skimping.
Syn. -- Thin; lean; lank; gaunt; starved; hungry; poor; emaciated; scanty; barren.
Mea"gre}, v. t. To make lean. [Obs.]
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