- meagre[meagre 词源字典]
- meagre:  Meagre originally meant literally ‘thin’ (it goes back via Anglo-Norman megre and Old French maigre to Latin macer ‘thin’, source also of English emaciate ). Not until the 16th century did the modern figurative sense ‘scanty’ begin to emerge. (Its distant Indo- European ancestor, incidentally, *makró-, also produced a parallel Germanic form mager ‘thin’, shared by German, Dutch, Swedish, and Danish.)
=> emaciate[meagre etymology, meagre origin, 英语词源]
- meagre (adj.)
- chiefly British English spelling of meager (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.