Measly



[mee-zlee] /ˈmi zli/

adjective, measlier, measliest.
1.
Informal.

2.
infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh.
3.
pertaining to or resembling measles.
/ˈmiːzlɪ/
adjective -slier, -sliest
1.
(informal) meagre in quality or quantity
2.
(of meat) measled
3.
having or relating to measles
adj.

“affected with measles,” 1680s, from measle (see measles) + -y (2); sense of “meager and contemptible” first recorded 1864 in British slang.

noun

A cruel, unkind person; villain; heavy (1927+)

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