measly

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

adj 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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