Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Our Terms: e-x-i-g-u-o-u-s, exiguous

exiguous \ig-ZIG-yoo-us\, adjective:
Extremely scanty; meager.

They are entering the market, setting up stalls on snowy streets, moonlighting to supplement exiguous incomes.
-- Michael Ignatieff, "Rebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of Russia", New Statesman, February 6, 1998

Among the pressures provoking these distresses were a father's financial inadequacy and a growing awareness that, by finding employment himself, he could ameliorate the family's exiguous circumstances.
-- Terence Brown, The Life of W. B. Yeats: A Critical Biography

Can you use "exiguous" in a sentence? Try out your vocab skills in the comments section!

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