petty; small-minded; ungenerous: a meanspirited man, unwilling to forgive.

Origin of meanspirited

First recorded in 1685–95; mean2 + spirited
Related formsmean·spir·it·ed·ly, adverbmean·spir·it·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mean-spirited

cowardly, mean, servile, timid, weak

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Word Origin and History for mean-spirited

also meanspirited, 1690s, from mean (adj.1) + spirited. Ancient Greek had the same image in mikropsykhos.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper