- a small-minded, petty, or malicious person: The children said their teacher was a real meany.
Origin of meany
- George,1894–1980, U.S. labor leader: 3rd president of the AFL 1952–55; 1st president of the AFL-CIO 1955–79.
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Examples from the Web for meany
Bypres Fongton, Mr. Meany and Mr. Hicks were my own particular inventions.How I Found My Voice
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Among the other commanding peaks are Meany, Cougar, and Seattle.Your National Parks
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It was eight o'clock in the morning when I delivered myself up to Meany.
I so expressed myself to Meany, and asked him to give me a decent breakfast.
I kept perfectly quiet and said nothing to Meany nor his deputies.
He was searched by Meany and then admitted into the lock-up.
- informal a variant spelling of meanie
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Word Origin and History for meany
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