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measly (adj.)

"infected with measles," 1680s, from measle (see measles) + -y (2). The Middle English word for "infected with measles" was maseled. Sense of "meager and contemptible, good for nothing" is attested by 1864 in British slang.

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Definitions of measly

measly (adj.)
contemptibly small in amount;
a measly tip
Synonyms: miserable / paltry
From wordnet.princeton.edu