- n. UK The state of being meagre.
- n. the quality of being meager
“The text gives a meagre outline of the reigns of himself and his son Ahab, of which perhaps the meagreness is the most significant feature.”
“The low altitude of the planet, however, practically neutralised this advantage for northern observers, and public expectation, which had been raised to the highest pitch by the announcements of sensation-mongers, was somewhat disappointed at the "meagreness" of the news authentically received from”
“This hotel is on a magnificent scale of height and breadth, its staircases and corridors being the most spacious I have seen; but there is a kind of meagreness in the life there, and a certain lack of heartiness, that prevented us from feeling at home.”
“The narrowness of the high concept is, finally, too much a sort of meagreness, and too little a scalpel edge.”
“Bear in mind the routine tooth-gnashing the European Union's budgets inspire among voters in net-contributor countries, and the relative meagreness of those contributions compared with what they may be obliged to pay in a closer-knit euro zone.”
“Oh, but it was the bare, naked, pinching meagreness of it!”
“Also, my attitude may be considered, in part, as a reaction from my childhood's meagreness and my childhood's excessive toil.”
“He sees through them, and all that he sees is their frailty, their meagreness, their sordidness, their pitifulness.”
“Flaubert, for example, in attempting to refine it, eventually subjects it to a near-monolithic discipline, an impoverishment of language to a finite, recurring range of devices, not unrelated perhaps to the formulaic meagreness of memoranda and scientific discourses.”
“Inspector Rawlinson left the club, cursing the meagreness of the information he had gathered there.”
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