from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being scanty or meager.

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  • n. The quality of being meagre or scanty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Scantiness; smallness; thinness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Smallness; slenderness; tenuity.
  • n. Scantiness; slightness; meagerness: as, the exiguity of a description.

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

  • n. the quality of being meager


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Derived from exiguous.


  • The more glaring the contrast through the exiguity of the Capitalist class and its proportionately large individual holdings of the means of production the stronger this feeling.

    Nationalization Part Two

  • If one day it should fall to the ground, it may emit a cloud of dust and leave visible ruins; but, less material even than a palace on the stage, though it has not the same exiguity, it will subside in the magic universe without letting the fall of its heavy blocks of stone tarnish, with anything so vulgar as sound, the chastity of the prevailing silence.

    The Guermantes Way

  • If we look simply at the magnitude of the results obtained, compared with the exiguity of the resources at command, -- if we remember that out of the small Kingdom of Sardinia grew united Italy, we must come to the conclusion that Count Cavour was undoubtedly a statesman of marvellous skill and prescience.

    The Ontario High School Reader

  • The fairy of folk-lore in Shakespeare's day is nearly everything that the fairies of _A Midsummer-Night's Dream_ are; we may possibly except their exiguity, their relations in love with mortals, and their hymeneal functions.

    The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-night's Dream'

  • Doubtless because of the exiguity of his organ, he found it necessary to stop the windows of his nose with his fingers in order to smoke.

    The Quest

  • The absence of rugs or carpets and curtains, the polish and exiguity of the furniture, the general air of having no more in the rooms than that which will just serve the purposes of life did not suit his sense of abundance and luxury.

    The Private Life of Henry Maitland

  • One does not contrast the exiguity of a pint of nitric acid in an engraver's studio with the hundreds of gallons of water in the cisterns of his house.

    The Free Press

  • It is not very easy to see how such very trifling surnames as this last came into existence, but its exiguity is surpassed in the case of a prominent French airman who bears the appropriately buoyant name of

    The Romance of Names

  • The marooned seaman saves his sanity by cutting notches in a stick, the solitary prisoner by friendship with a mouse; and when life is reduced to the last exiguity of narrowness, the interests of life will be narrow too.

    The Quest of the Simple Life

  • His jaw fell; there was a remarkable exiguity about the coat which was inexplicable.

    Stories by English Authors: The Orient (Selected by Scribners)


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