Definition of measly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmiːzli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːzli//
(informal, disapproving)
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very small in size or quantity; not enough I get a measly £4 an hour. Word Originlate 16th cent. (describing a pig or pork infected with measles): from measles + -y. The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.
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