- lowly and sometimes degrading: menial work.
- servile; submissive: menial attitudes.
- pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble: menial furnishings.
- a domestic servant.
- a servile person.
Origin of menial
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Examples from the Web for menial
Although I hated the menial tasks the job required, it gave me a window into the power of local government.There’s No Better Test for Millennials than the American City
April 19, 2014
Or refusing to take on menial work, such as working in a café for example, and instead whining at your parents to pay your rent?Why ‘Girls’ Is Bad for Women
March 31, 2014
Charles Murray worries that we've made it too easy to be a menial worker.Social Science Minus the Science
February 8, 2012
Prosperity created a situation familiar to Americans and Northern Europeans: some jobs became too menial for Russians.Murder in Moscow
December 29, 2008
People get tired of applying for menial jobs and the changes.Why Are More Boomers Killing Themselves?
October 22, 2008
They may be had tied in bundles by the employers of menial labor.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
He is going to work, to be a menial, to earn a living by honest means?The Book of Khalid
He was doorkeeper to the household, so he began on the duties of his menial position.The Christian
And there were other things, and worse,—menial services of the lowest kind.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
Many would scoff, and call it menial Let them, if they will.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
- consisting of or occupied with work requiring little skill, esp domestic duties such as cleaning
- of, involving, or befitting servants
- a domestic servant
- a servile person
Word Origin and History for menial
late 14c., "pertaining to a household," from Anglo-French meignial, from Old French mesnie "household," earlier mesnede, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mansionem "dwelling" (see mansion). Sense of "lowly, humble, suited to a servant" is recorded by 1670s.
"domestic servant," late 14c., meynyal; see menial (adj.).