A Word A Day : Exiguous

Sunday, 18th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : ik-síggyoo-ess

1. Extremely scanty
2. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent
3. Scanty, small or meager


From Latin exiguus - from exigere - to measure out - demand


bare, confined, diminutive, inadequate, limited, little, meager, narrow, negligible, paltry, petty, poor, restricted, scant, skimpy, slender, slight, small, spare, sparse, tenuous, thin, tiny


adequate, ample, plenty, enough, excessive, flawless, perfect, sufficient, important, significant

Contextual Example:

• The exiguous meal was not enough to satisfy their hunger.

• Flora saw her father trembling in all his exiguous length, though he held himself stiffer than ever if that was possible.

Related Words:

1. exiguously : Adverb

2. exiguousness : Noun

3. exiguity : Noun

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