• WordNet 3.6
    • adj measly contemptibly small in amount "a measly tip","the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief","a paltry wage","almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • measly (Zoöl) Containing larval tapeworms; -- said of pork and beef.
    • measly Contemptibly small in quantity; meager; absurdly insufficient or bad; as, a measly few dollars for all that work.
    • measly Infected with measles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • measly Infected with measles or the measle, as an animal or its flesh, especially pork.
    • measly Good-for-nothing; miserable; wretched; contemptible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Measly (adj.) infected with measles: good for nothing, miserable
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In literature:

They'll take your youth, all your strength and energy, and give you a measly living in exchange.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
You handed me a measly thousand.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I remembered taking his measly solitaire pack out of his pocket at the Halfway, and wished I had brought them along with me.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
What's our measly salary compared with what they get?
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Get every measly thing he can think of.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Measly pork has little kernels in the fat, and is unhealthy and dangerous food.
"Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six" by Juliet Corson
Thirty years have I fought for country and king, and now in my blind old age I'm to be sent packing from a measly public-'ouse?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I'll bet they give you a measly fifty to-morrow, Evan.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
I hope there hain't no more measly hounds around.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
Why such a measly little bunch?
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
I can't stay cooped up on that measly old farm all the time.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Not afraid of the devil, and done up by a measly cable-car!
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
Dear me, yes, quite a variety, I'm sure, after that measly bell.
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie
Hang the measly luck!
"Three Young Ranchmen" by Ralph Bonehill
I've been thinking a lot about the way you are fixed down here in this measly, hypocritical town.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
I never saw two full-grown men so anxious over a little measly fire in my life.
"The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Two more weeks to her thirty-fifth birthday, then a measly five years till the big four-oh.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
Now tell me when them measly critters ain't lookin'.
"Marching on Niagara" by Edward Stratemeyer
A measly ten per cent.
"Clue of the Silken Ladder" by Mildred A. Wirt
I hate a measly fellow who gives in just when you want him.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis

In news:

Five measly points may not seem like a lot to you…but it's the idea behind it that should you make you recoil with disgust.
Couch potatoes know how difficult it is to pick just one or two programs to follow all season with the measly two-tuner DVR from their cable supplier.
Americans don't use measly vacation time.
How A $250 Billion Allegation Turned Into A Measly $340 Million Settlement.
Kris Jenner on Kim Kardashian's Divorce: "What's a Measly Little 72 Days.".
All the guts, and a lot less glory, but for one measly win.
A measly drizzle of rain falls.
Tired of your measly 5GB per month on Verizon and AT&T.
Perry's film brought in $11 million, while Berry's celebrity studded SciFi flick took in a measly $9.4 million.
Let's take a page from those Tennessee firemen we heard about a few times last year – the ones who stood idly by as houses burned to the ground because their owners had refused to pay a measly $75 fee.
Forget that measly 6-inch touchpanel.
It's Not Easy Making Do With a Measly Million.
When Reyes was 21, he played just 53 big-league games and posted a measly.271 on-base percentage.
Five were fair-caught inside the Eagles' 10-yard line - not to mention another one against Baltimore that Johnson nabbed at the 3-yard line and mustered 3 measly yards.
Humans, but only by a few measly seconds.

In science:

Channel 10 is especially notable: here Planck should be able to produce a catalog with around 40,000 sources, undoubtedly useful in its own right, as compared to a measly 300 without filtering.
Removing point sources from CMB maps
Whereas two identical data sets only give a measly factor of √2 improvement in error bars when combined, the gain factor was found to exceed 10 in this case.
Cosmic complementarity: combining CMB and supernova observations