or British meagre /ˈmiːgɚ/
Learner's definition of MEAGER
[more meager; most meager]
1 : very small or too small in amount
Every morning he eats a meager breakfast of toast and coffee.
We'll have to do the best we can with this year's meager harvest.
She came to this country with a fairly meager English vocabulary, but she is learning more words every day.
2 : not having enough of something (such as money or food) for comfort or happiness
They suffered through several meager years at the beginning of their marriage.
Although she's now rich and famous, she remembers her meager beginnings as a child from a poor family.
, and sparse mean not having enough of what is normal, necessary, or wanted.
meager suggests a lack of good or necessary things. scanty stresses that something is not large enough in size or amount. sparse suggests a small number of things or people that are far apart.