Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “measly”


adjective     /ˈmiː informal
too small in size or amount , or not enough: a measly amount of money a measly little present Small in number and quantityScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things measliness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Mean with money
(Definition of measly adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of measly

Definitions of “measly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


the skill or activity of preparing and cooking food

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More