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meek

[meek] /mik/
adjective, meeker, meekest.
1.
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Origin of meek
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek
Related forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun
Synonyms
1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle.
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  • Anaxagoras retained his usual bland expression and meek dignity.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Good, meek creature:—But you were upon your overtures just now!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But that mild and meek man had a certain strength of pertinacity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But Alice was supposed to be a widow; and Alice was so meek, so docile, so motherly.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Learn of Me that I am meek and lowly, and ye shall find rest to your souls.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for meek

meek

/miːk/
adjective
1.
patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2.
spineless or spiritless; compliant
3.
an obsolete word for gentle
Derived Forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
Word Origin
C12: related to Old Norse mjūkr amenable; compare Welsh mwytho to soften
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Word Origin and History for meek
adj.

c.1200, "gentle, quiet, unaggressive; benevolent, kind; courteous, humble, unassuming;" of a woman, "modest," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *meukaz (cf. Gothic muka-modei "humility," Dutch muik "soft"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE *meug- "slippery, slimy." In the Bible, it translates Latin mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.

n.

"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).

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