Mea·gre n. Zool. A large European sciaenoid fish (Sciaena umbra or Sciaena aquila), having white bloodless flesh. It is valued as a food fish. [Written also maigre.]
Mea·ger, Mea·gre , v. t. To make lean. [Obs.]
Mea·ger, Mea·gre a.
1. Destitue of, or having little, flesh; lean.
Meager were his looks;
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones. --Shak.
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 resources; 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.
3. Min. Dry and harsh to the touch, as chalk.
Syn: -- Thin; lean; lank; gaunt; starved; hungry; poor; emaciated; scanty; barren.
adj : deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager
resources"; "meager fare" [syn: meager, meagerly]