skimpy

When something is skimpy, there's not quite enough of it. A skimpy lunch won't fill you up, and a skimpy sweater won't cover you up.

The adjective skimpy is good for describing meager or inadequate things, like a skimpy amount of firewood that only burns for an hour, or a skimpy serving of ice cream. Skimpy probably comes from the verb scrimp, "be thrifty," which was originally an adjective meaning "scant or meager."

Definitions of skimpy
1

adj containing little excess

“a skimpy allowance”
Synonyms:
lean
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

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