An example of a sentence using "meager" is, "John looked meager next to his older and much-stronger brothers." Meager is a synonym for scant or modest. It describes a person or object not just as small, but small relative to expectations or similar objects.
A person upset with a bonus received at the end of a stellar quarter might say, "This bonus is meager compared to what we earned last year." A person may express disappointment in participation at an event by saying, "The crowd was very meager this year." Meager is often used in place of thin. Thus, someone might say, "Jill had a meager frame."