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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ That measly little paycheck barely covered the rent.
▪ And a measly 44. 6 percent said the city was doing a good job of attracting and keeping jobs and business.
▪ Cover is a measly $ 3.
▪ I have my scruples, measly as they may be.
▪ It rose back to average-a measly fourteen inches-in 1921 and went slightly over that in 1922.
▪ This time, the Jaguars managed one measly field goal and nothing else.
▪ You just worry about your own measly little relationships.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

measly \mea"sly\ (m[=e]"zly), a.

  1. Infected with measles.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Containing larval tapeworms; -- said of pork and beef.

  3. Contemptibly small in quantity; meager; absurdly insufficient or bad; as, a measly few dollars for all that work.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"affected with measles," 1680s, from measle (see measles) + -y (2); sense of "meager and contemptible" first recorded 1864 in British slang.


Etymology 1 a. Small in amount, contemptibly so. Etymology 2

a. 1 Infected with measles 2 Infected with larval tapeworms 3 Infected with trichinae

  1. adj. 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: miserable, paltry]

  2. [also: measliest, measlier]

Usage examples of "measly".

I got you out for six measly reives, though I was prepared to pay one or two more.

Howard Carnes slapped his cards downa measly aces and foursand reached for the pitcher.

If he made the Comtesse his wife, then Simon could keep Darrow Hall, and the measly fortune which went with it.

I thought about what Jenks had said about risking death by a bee sting for a pair of measly flower boxes.

If I had had to buy in the Exchange the measly fifty-eight pounds of stuff they had let me bring with me, it would have cost-I'm telling the truth!

While the guy made it up and shoved it on a plate with three measly potato chips and a sliver of pickle you could barely see, I searched through my wallet, opened my change purse, counted out silver, got to $1.

The emasculatory effect was to limit the number of machine guns in nationwide circulation to a measly 127,000, most of which are probably in Hialeah.

He descends into the colored neighborhood each and every Sunday morning because, as he tells me, that is the best time to catch those unwilling to fork over the ten or fifteen measly cents necessary to meet their weekly premium payments.

When it comes to politicians, we're not talking about a few measly seats under the press box.

This year taxpayers spent $32 million running a train for a measly 14,000 daily two-way riders.

A measly throw weight in terms of the big birds, but devastating nonetheless to any object, either living or inert, within a one-mile radius of ground zero.