Pronunciation: (mē'zlē),[key] —adj.,-sli•er, -sli•est. 1. Informal. a. contemptibly small, meager, or slight: They paid me a measly fifteen dollars for a day's work. b. wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory: a measly performance. 2. infected with measles, as an animal or its flesh.
3. pertaining to or resembling measles.