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  • adverb In a meagre way; poorly; inadequately.

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  • adverb to a meager degree or in a meager manner


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  • One by one, like a flight of swallows, our more meagrely sparred and canvassed yachts went by, leaving them wallowing and dead and shortening down in what they called a gale but which we called a dandy sailing breeze.


  • For five days he toiled on at "Overdue," going nowhere, seeing nobody, and eating meagrely.

    Chapter 40 2010

  • They saw hundreds of millions of lives cramped and crippled, meagrely lived, sacrificed untimely, and they could not see any primary necessity for this blighting and starvation of human life.

    The Shape of Things to Come Herbert George 2006

  • The first summer lapsed away; and Joanna meagrely maintained herself by the shop, which now consisted of little more than a window and a counter.

    Life's Little Ironies 2006

  • Every piece of work which is not as good as you can make it, which you have palmed off imperfect, meagrely thought, niggardly in execution, upon mankind who is your paymaster on parole and in a sense your pupil, every hasty or slovenly or untrue performance, should rise up against you in the court of your own heart and condemn you for a thief.

    Lay Morals 2005

  • At night, there were usually stewed grains with spices and vegetables, occasionally with slivers of goat meat meagrely stirred through.

    The Falcons of Montabard Chadwick, Elizabeth 2004

  • “Never mind the blame, but make it good,” Mr. Shargeloes answered, meagrely, for he felt as if he could never be fat again.

    Springhaven Richard Doddridge 2004

  • HETTY and Dinah both slept in the second story, in rooms adjoining each other, meagrely furnished rooms, with no blinds to shut out the light, which was now beginning to gather new strength from the rising of the moon — more than enough strength to enable Hetty to move about and undress with perfect comfort.

    Adam Bede 2004

  • She had moreover a great fondness for intervals of solitude, which since her arrival in England had been but meagrely met.

    The Portrait of a Lady 2003

  • To say that Madame Merle improved on acquaintance states meagrely the impression she made on her friend, who had found her from the first so ample and so easy.

    The Portrait of a Lady 2003


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