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measly

Definition:

contemptibly small in amount

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

measlier

Superlative:

measliest

Similar to:

meagerly

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a measly tip

Synonyms:

miserable | paltry

Etymology:

(describing a pig or pork infected with measles): from "measles" + "-y1". The...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

measly

[informal] meagre in quality or quantity | (of meat) measled | having or relating to measles (14 of 403 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/measly

Merriam-Webster:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative] | chicken [synonym, sense-specific] | de minimis [synonym, sense-specific] | footling [synonym, sense-specific] | inconsequential [synonym, sense-specific] | inconsiderable [synonym, sense-specific] | insignificant [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

infected with measles | containing larval tapeworms ; infested with trichinae | contemptibly small (12 of 130 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/measly

Oxford Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

Syllabification: (mea┬Ěsly) | [informal] | contemptibly small or few (7 of 58 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/measly

measly [informal] | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

ridiculously small or few (4 of 55 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/measly

Random House Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

[informal] ; contemptibly small, meager, or slight. ; wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory. | infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh. | ... (21 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/measly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

measly [informal] | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

too small (2 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/measly

Cambridge Dictionary:

measly [informal] | measliness [noun, derived]

too small in size or amount, or not enough (9 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/measly

American Heritage Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

[slang] Contemptibly small; meager | Infected with measles. (7 of 19 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/measly

Wiktionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

Small in amount, contemptibly so. | Infected with measles | Infected with larval tapeworms | Infected with tricinae (15 of 17 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/measly

New World Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

infected with "measles" (sense or) | [informal] contemptibly slight, worthless, or skimpy (11 of 15 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/measly

Wikipedia:

Trivia | trivium

three lower Artes Liberales, i.e. grammar, logic and rhetoric. These were the topics of basic education, foundational to the quadrivia of higher education, and hence the material of basic education and an important building block for all undergraduates... (38 of 1892 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Trivia

Encarta Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

ridiculously or disappointingly small or inadequate (informal) | infected with measles (10 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861628912​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (describing a pig or pork infected with measles): from "measles" + "-y1". The current sense dates from the mid 19th century

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/measly

Online Etymology:

measly

First use: 1680s

Origin: "affected with measles", from measle + "-y" (2); sense of "meager and contemptible" first recorded 1864 in British slang.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=measly

Collins Dictionary:

measly

First use: 17th century

Origin: see measles

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/measly

Wiktionary:

measly

Origin: measle + -y | measles + -y

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/measly

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

measly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "measly"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/measly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

measly [informal] | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "measly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/measly

Macmillan American Dictionary:

measly [informal] | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "measly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/measly

Cambridge Dictionary:

measly [informal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "measly"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "measly"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/measly

the Free Dictionary:

measly

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "measly"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "measly"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "measly" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/measly

Google Dictionary:

measly | measlier [comparative] | measliest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "measly"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=measly

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

measly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "measly"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=measly​01 word=measly

YourDictionary Audio:

measly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "measly" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/measly

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