Definitions

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  • n. The state of being meager.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being meager; leanness; scantiness; barrenness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being meager; leanness; poorness; scantiness; barrenness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being meager

Etymologies

meager +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And another thing they learned was that it was easier for one who has gorged at the flesh-pots to content himself with the meagerness of a crust, than for one who has known only the crust.

    Chapter XXV

  • The next rains are not expected until April, by which time the meagerness of the harvest will be felt intensely by the people living in this region -- there will, once again, be hunger and starvation.

    David Weiss: Gold -- the Color of Impending Starvation

  • We are unjust people (having imaginary arguments strikes me as a bit lacking in proportion, not so mention meagerness of world), and so we are continually confused into failing to give unto each thing its due.

    Fairness and Justice « Unknowing

  • The Libya campaign also exposed the meagerness of European weapon stockpiles.

    The Lesson of Libya

  • Although Johanna is aware of the meagerness of Georgia's allowance, she feels that the recent precipitous expansion of the neighborhood doll-housing market, coupled with the effects of informational asymmetries—namely, that Georgia can't really add yet—are enough to justify the risk.

    Report on the Recent Piggybanking Crisis

  • These situations reveal the meagerness of my character.

    VII

  • And it appalls me that people who claim for their views the authority of science routinely and arbitrarily insist on a brutally reductionist notion of what a human being is, what the human mind is, that justifies as inevitable every sort of meagerness and rapacity.

    Marilynne Robinson: Religion, Science and the Ultimate Nature of Reality

  • They are free of the meagerness and nasty tannins that can beset lackluster Bordeaux years.

    A Refreshing Bordeaux

  • Monarchs were allied with religion, and meagerness would have been insulting to God.

    The Biggest Feasts Ever

  • Darkness provides us with a therapeutic limit-experience, illuminating the meagerness of human resources for experiencing, understanding and communicating the divine.

    Rev. Amy Ziettlow: Understanding the Truth of Advent by Acknowledging the Reality of Death

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