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Definition lacking in quantity or quality
  • We make the most of our meager resources.
meager = lacking in quantity or quality
  • She works part time to contribute to the family's meager income.
  • meager = lacking in quantity or quality
  • In the stable buck's room a small electric globe threw a meager yellow light.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • meager = lacking in quantity or quality
  • And all at once the sun was uncomfortably hot, the dust oppressive, and the meager grass along its edges somewhat ragged and forlorn.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • meager = lacking in quantity or quality
  • Too many families are wrenched apart, as even children are forced to supplement meager incomes.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Imagination will readily supply the meager recital of poor Bartleby's interment.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Thomas ran his horse at the closest warrior, who pulled up and took a meager swipe at him.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • They finished the meager store of potatoes and carrots they had saved from the last agricultural area, and now they were always hungry.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Their number and quality made the meagre furniture that supported them seem absurdly disproportionate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use meager.)
  • The Gladers around him stood silent, clutching their meager weapons.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • And if they ever carry out this terrible threat, the meager handful of Jews still left in Holland will have to go.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • How few and meager they had been for her hungry heart!
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • His meager harvest was safely stored away.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • Just a simple hole in the wall, beyond which lay a small grotto and a meager, crumbling sarcophagus.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • With the other meager witnesses who had been tapped to stick up for Peter.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The name of the sword cannot be spoken by your meager human tongue.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I'm hunting around through my meager belongings when my mother comes into the room.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • There was a scant shock of corn and many meager standing stalks.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • From those first meager clues, the bus and the dog, to the vast amount of knowledge we have uncovered about yourself.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Whom thus the meager Shadow answered soon.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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