Measly is a great word for describing an amount or number so small that it's ridiculous. You'll be disappointed (and maybe even annoyed) if you're paid a measly six dollars to babysit a toddler for two hours.

If you've got a measly ten minutes to eat lunch between classes, it's a laughably short amount of time — hardly enough to unwrap your tuna sandwich. And when a detective has a measly number of clues to help her solve a crime, it can seem nearly impossible. This informal word comes from British slang, and it originally meant "affected by measles."

Definitions of measly
  1. adjective
    contemptibly small in amount
    “a measly tip”
    synonyms: miserable, paltry
    meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
    deficient in amount or quality or extent
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