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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Meager

ME'AGER, adjective [Latin macer; Gr. small; allied to Eng. meek.]

1. Thin; lean; destitute of flesh or having little flesh; applied to animals.

Meager were his looks,

Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.

2. Poor; barren; destitute of richness, fertility, or any thing valuable; as a meager soil; meager limestone.

3. Barren; poor; wanting strength of diction, or richness of ideas or imagery; as a meager style or composition; meager annals.

ME'AGER, verb transitive To make lean. [Not used.]