From King Dictionary of Contemporary English meagre mea‧gre British English , meager American English / ˈmiːɡə $ -ər / adjective LITTLE/NOT MUCH a meagre amount of food, money etc is too small and is much less than you need → substantial a meagre diet of bread and beans meagre income/earnings/wages etc He supplements his meager income by working on Saturdays. a school with meagre resources — meagrely adverb — meagreness noun [uncountable ] Examples from the Corpus meagre • This has ranged from a weekly average of just 3.7 complaints in Crook to an even more meagre 2.3 in Chester-le-Street. • The fee basis for unsuccessful claims can often be extremely meagre as can profitability in general for a significant proportion of the work. • The recompense is meagre, but when combined with ideological enthusiasm it helps sustain a new type of local politician. • Government regulation offers a meagre defence against Hollywood. • Even this meagre effort is a struggle. • One can only wonder what kept Alpine dwellers pinned to their meagre existence beyond habit, tradition and nowhere else to go. • The meagre little peelings falling from her knife into water eased her, their ordinariness was a link with real life. • Local authorities across the country have therefore been unable, and unwilling, to part with their own meagre resources. meagre resources • Local authorities across the country have therefore been unable, and unwilling, to part with their own meagre resources. • There was no prospect that the tradition-bound villagers would pool their meagre resources to experiment in collective farming. • But if you have to manage on meagre resources, you will cope well. From King Business Dictionary meagre mea‧gre / ˈmiːgə-ər / British English , meager American English adjective very small in amount Sales rose a meager 2.5% in January. The chairman predicts very meagre growth this year.