from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
- adj. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
- adj. Having little flesh; lean.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having little flesh; lean; thin.
- adj. Poor, deficient or inferior in amount, quality or extent; paltry; scanty; inadequate; unsatisfying.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean.
- adj. 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. Opposite of
- adj. Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
- adj. less than a desirable amount; -- of items distributed from a larger supply.
- transitive v. To make lean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lean; thin; having little flesh.
- Without richness or fertility; barren: said of land.
- Without moisture; dry and harsh: said of chalk, etc.
- Without fullness, strength, substance, or value; deficient in quantity or quality; scanty; poor; mean.
- Lenten; adapted to a fast. See maigre.
- Synonyms Spare, emaciated, lank, gaunt.
- 2 and Tame, barren, bald, jejune, dull, prosing.
- n. A sickness.
- n. Same as maigre, 2.
- n. A spent salmon, or kelt.
- To make lean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deficient in amount or quality or extent
Middle English megre, thin, from Old French, from Latin macer; see māk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman megre, Old French maigre, from Latin macer. Akin to Old English mæġer ("meager, lean"), Dutch, German mager, Old Norse magr whence the Icelandic magur. (Wiktionary)