Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

meek

[meek] /mik/
adjective, meeker, meekest.
1.
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Origin of meek
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek
Related forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun
Synonyms
1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for meekly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Then he said, meekly, "Does your mother object to tobacco smoke, ma'am?"

  • "Well, sir, I suppose it was to come," meekly replied Jenkins.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He did not often find one who would stand it so meekly as Joe Jenkins.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • They looked down upon us, and we meekly admitted their right to do so.

  • He felt that he ought to leave her then, but he followed her meekly enough.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for meekly

meek

/miːk/
adjective
1.
patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2.
spineless or spiritless; compliant
3.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for meekly
adv.

c.1200, from meek (adj.) + -ly (2).

meek

adj.

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.

meek

n.

"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for meek

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for meekly

15
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for meekly