measly for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (miːzli)
graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n]
If you describe an amount, quantity, or size as measly, you are critical of it because it is very small or inadequate. [informal, disapproval] ⇒ The average British bathroom measures a measly 3.5 square metres. ⇒ ...a measly twelve-year-old like me.
But I guesseven a measly twelve-year-old like me was more interesting than hanging around at home.Hodgman, Ann MY BABYSITTER HAS FANGS"Surely you're not going to quit after one measly little battle, Cratyn?Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEPLilac man offered a measly smile: `No nasty surprises lurking in forgottencornersanywhere?Daisy Waugh TEN STEPS TO HAPPINESSI know it's filled with silencers and grenades and stuff, but I knew he could fit one measly journal into it.Meggin Cabot THE PRINCESS DIARIES VOLUME 1