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measly

adjective uk   /ˈmiːz.li/ informal us  
too small in size or amount, or not enough: a measly amount of money a measly little present
measliness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “measly”
in Korean 쥐꼬리만한…
in Arabic تافِه…
in Portuguese miserável…
in Catalan miserable…
in Japanese 取るに足りない, ちっぽけな…
in Italian misero…
in Chinese (Traditional) 少(或小)得可憐的,微不足道的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 少(或小)得可怜的,微不足道的…
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