- 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 meeker
“Our audience, they are obsessed, and they really just want to spoil and make their dog happy,” Meeker said.
Meeker personally connects to the customers he sells to because he himself is a dog enthusiast and owner of a great dane.
He did replace Meeker though when Meeker went off to do a movie.Pablo Schreiber on His New Off-Broadway Play
February 1, 2011
An indifference as to roads and purposes makes one meeker, as it were.Victory
A meeker lot of brigands I do not believe could be found anywhere.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
Mr. Meeker has been here and has broken off his engagement with you.
Mrs. Meeker, like yourself, persists in treating me as if I were.The Forester's Daughter
Once, when Mr. Meeker came to the door, he shut it in my face.
- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
- spineless or spiritless; compliant
- an obsolete word for gentle
Word Origin and History for meeker
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.).