exiguous adj : extremely scanty; "an exiguous budget"
EtymologyFrom exiguus, "strict, exact," hence "scanty, meager," from exigere, "to measure against a standard."
- /ɪɡˈzɪɡju.əs/ or /ɛɡˈzɪɡju.əs/
- /Ig"zIgju.@s/ or /Eg"zIgju.@s/
- 1889 — Robert
Louis Stevenson, The Wrong
Box ch XIII
- The herdboy in the broom, already musical in the days of Father Chaucer, startles (and perhaps pains) the lark with this exiguous pipe.
- 1912 — G. K.
Chesterton, Manalive ch VII
- The path on which I then planted my feet was quite unprecedentedly narrow. I had never had to walk along a thoroughfare so exiguous.
- 1998 — Michael Ignatieff, Rebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of
Russia. New Statesman, Feb 6.
- They are entering the market, setting up stalls on snowy streets, moonlighting to supplement exiguous incomes.
- ???? — Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical
- Among the pressures provoking these distresses were a father's financial inadequacy and a growing awareness that, by finding employment himself, he could ameliorate the family's exiguous circumstances.
- Italian: esiguo
- Japanese: ごく僅かの（ごくわずかの, goku wazuka no）
- Kurdish: qaştîk, zeîfok, hestî
- Portuguese: exíguo, exígua
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