- 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 meekly
Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves Scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Devastated and utterly embarrassed, I meekly raised my hand.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Surely the party can tolerate a few midlevel leaders, especially younger ones, meekly supporting the policy.Republicans Move to the Center? Nope, They’re Crazier Than Ever
August 21, 2013
Nonplussed, he thought for a moment, smiled, and meekly confessed, “Nothing I guess—just boxing and my family.”Vitali Klitschko Contemplates Bowing Out of the Ring and Entering Ukrainian Politics
March 26, 2013
Despite Euro elite expectations, Italian voters have not meekly submitted to foreign-imposed austerity.Will the Euro Survive?
February 26, 2013
Then he said, meekly, "Does your mother object to tobacco smoke, ma'am?"Quaint Courtships
"Well, sir, I suppose it was to come," meekly replied Jenkins.
He did not often find one who would stand it so meekly as Joe Jenkins.
They looked down upon us, and we meekly admitted their right to do so.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
He felt that he ought to leave her then, but he followed her meekly enough.Changing Winds</p>
St. John G. Ervine
- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
- spineless or spiritless; compliant
- an obsolete word for gentle
Word Origin and History for meekly
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.).