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mea·sly

 (mēz′lē)
adj. mea·sli·er, mea·sli·est
1. Infected with measles.
2. Slang Contemptibly small; meager: gave the waiter a measly tip.

[Sense 2, from the low quality and unhealthiness of pork infected by porcine measles.]
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measly

(ˈmiːzlɪ)
adj, -slier or -sliest
1. informal meagre in quality or quantity
2. (Veterinary Science) (of meat) measled
3. (Pathology) having or relating to measles
[C17: see measles]
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mea•sly

(ˈmi zli)

adj. -sli•er, -sli•est.
1. contemptibly small: a measly salary.
2. infected with measles.
3. pertaining to or resembling measles.
[1685–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.measly - contemptibly small in amountmeasly - 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"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
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measly

adjective meagre, miserable, pathetic, paltry, mean, poor, petty, beggarly, pitiful, skimpy, puny, stingy, contemptible, scanty, miserly, niggardly, ungenerous, mingy (Brit. informal), snoep (S. African informal) The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.
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measly

adjective
1. Slang. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
2. Slang. Contemptibly unimportant:
Idiom: of no account.
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Translations

measly

[ˈmiːzlɪ] ADJ (measlier (compar) (measliest (superl))) → miserable, mezquino
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measly

[ˈmiːzli] adjminable
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measly

adj (+er) (inf)mick(e)rig (inf), → poplig (inf)
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measly

[ˈmiːzlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (fam) → misero/a, miserabile
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With 15 million bags sold a day within a promo of eight weeks, the odds of opening a bag with even the measliest prize of a complimentary bag of crisps would be less than one in 50.
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