- 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 meekest
She followed me to the door in the meekest manner, but declined the arm I offered.Wilfrid Cumbermede
You're just the meekest little mouse that ever came under the paw of a cat.Jack O' Judgment
As I explained to him afterwards, a woman is most dangerous when at her meekest.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
Olga married Count Taroc, and settled down into the meekest of wives.A Coin of Edward VII
Their founder and preachers were among the boldest and yet the meekest of the non-conformists.The Witch of Salem
John R. Musick
- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
- spineless or spiritless; compliant
- an obsolete word for gentle
Word Origin and History for meekest
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.).