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[meek] /mik/
adjective, meeker, meekest.
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Origin of meek
1150-1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek
Related forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun
1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for meekest
Historical Examples
  • She followed me to the door in the meekest manner, but declined the arm I offered.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • You're just the meekest little mouse that ever came under the paw of a cat.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • 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

    Fergus Hume
  • Their founder and preachers were among the boldest and yet the meekest of the non-conformists.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • meekest man I ever saw, and ought to have a monument for politeness.

    Dave Porter in the Far North

    Edward Stratemeyer
  • The mightiest and holiest of all Beings that ever trod our world was the meekest of all.

    The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff
  • The instinct to make our opinions prevail is in the blood of the meekest.

  • The meekest of men slays an Egyptian deliberately and in cold blood.

    God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford
  • Insects can sting, and even the meekest of beasts will fight when brought to bay.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
British Dictionary definitions for meekest


patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
spineless or spiritless; compliant
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 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.).

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