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Measly definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MEASLY, a. mee'zly. Infected with measles or eruptions.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: contemptibly small in amount; "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans" [syn: measly, miserable, paltry]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (measlier; -est) Date: 1687 1. infected with measles 2. a. containing larval tapeworms b. infested with trichinae 3. contemptibly small

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (measlier, measliest) 1 colloq. inferior, contemptible, worthless. 2 of or affected with measles. 3 (of pork) infested with tapeworms. Etymology: MEASLES + -Y(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Measly Mea"sly, a. 1. Infected with measles. 2. (Zo["o]l.) Containing larval tapeworms; -- said of pork and beef.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe an amount, quantity, or size as measly, you are critical of it because it is very small or inadequate. (INFORMAL) The average British bathroom measures a measly 3.5 square metres. ...a measly twelve-year-old like me. ADJ: usu ADJ n, oft a ADJ amount [disapproval]

Moby Thesaurus

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