- humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
- overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
- Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Origin of meek
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Examples from the Web for meek
But Kasich will perform some meek tap dance about repeal and replace, leaving the good parts.John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth About Obamacare
October 21, 2014
You must celebrate the peacemakers, the poor at heart, the meek.What Jesus Really Means
January 12, 2014
From hip hop to electronic and indie rock and featuring artists like Meek Mill and Hem, see which music videos are becoming viral.Adam Levine, Grizzly Bear & More of the Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
February 1, 2013
It might be meek, and fiercely fought over, compared to the fearful stability and dominance of monarchies and one-party regimes.This Week’s Hot Reads: Dec. 17, 2012
December 18, 2012
In the cockpit, Whitaker is flip, arrogant, and condescending; Evans is meek and at times frightened and clueless.Real Pilots Laugh at ‘Flight’
November 18, 2012
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)
But that mild and meek man had a certain strength of pertinacity.Within the Law
But Alice was supposed to be a widow; and Alice was so meek, so docile, so motherly.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Learn of Me that I am meek and lowly, and ye shall find rest to your souls.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
- spineless or spiritless; compliant
- an obsolete word for gentle
Word Origin and History for meek
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.
"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).