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. adjective
    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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