# mean

^{2}

[ meen ]

/ min /

### adjective, mean·er, mean·est.

## Words nearby mean

## Origin of mean

^{2}

## synonym study for mean

2. Mean, low, base, sordid, and vile all refer to ignoble characteristics worthy of dislike, contempt, or disgust. Mean suggests pettiness and small-mindedness: to take a mean advantage. Low suggests coarseness and vulgarity: low company. Base suggests selfish cowardice or moral depravity: base motives. Sordid suggests a wretched uncleanness, or sometimes an avariciousness without dignity or moral scruples: a sordid slum; sordid gain. Vile suggests disgusting foulness or repulsiveness: vile insinuation; a vile creature. 3. See stingy

^{1}.## Definition for meaner (2 of 2)

mean

^{3}[ meen ]

/ min /

### noun

### adjective

occupying a middle position or an intermediate place, as in kind, quality, degree, or time: a mean speed; a mean course; the mean annual rainfall.

## Origin of mean

^{3}

## WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mean

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## British Dictionary definitions for meaner (1 of 3)

mean

^{1}/ (miːn) /

### verb means, meaning or meant (mainly tr)

## Word Origin for mean

Old English mænan; compare Old Saxon mēnian to intend, Dutch meenen

## usage for mean

In standard English, mean should not be followed by for when expressing intention: I didn't mean this to happen (not I didn't mean for this to happen)

## British Dictionary definitions for meaner (2 of 3)

mean

^{2}/ (miːn) /

### adjective

## Derived forms of mean

meanly, adverbmeanness, noun## Word Origin for mean

C12: from Old English gemǣne common; related to Old High German gimeini, Latin communis common, at first with no pejorative sense

## British Dictionary definitions for meaner (3 of 3)

mean

^{3}/ (miːn) /

### noun

the middle point, state, or course between limits or extremes

moderation

maths

- the second and third terms of a proportion, as b and c in a/b = c/d
- another name for average (def. 2) See also geometric mean

statistics a statistic obtained by multiplying each possible value of a variable by its probability and then taking the sum or integral over the range of the variable

### adjective

intermediate or medium in size, quantity, etc

occurring halfway between extremes or limits; average

See also means

## Word Origin for mean

C14: via Anglo-Norman from Old French moien, from Late Latin mediānus median

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## Medicine definitions for meaner

mean

[ mēn ]

### n.

Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium.

A number that typifies a set of numbers, such as a geometric mean or an arithmetic mean.

The average value of a set of numbers.

### adj.

Occupying a middle or intermediate position between two extremes.

Intermediate in size, extent, quality, time, or degree; medium.

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## Science definitions for meaner

mean

[ mēn ]

A number or quantity having a value that is intermediate between other numbers or quantities, especially an arithmetic mean or average. See more at arithmetic mean.

Either the second or third term of a proportion of four terms. In the proportion 23 = 46, the means are 3 and 4. Compare extreme.

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## Culture definitions for meaner (1 of 2)

## Culture definitions for meaner (2 of 2)

mean

In statistics, an average of a group of numbers or data points. With a group of numbers, the mean is obtained by adding them and dividing by the number of numbers in the group. Thus the mean of five, seven, and twelve is eight (twenty-four divided by three). (Compare median and mode.)

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## Idioms and Phrases with meaner

mean

In addition to the idioms beginning with mean

- mean business
- mean to

, also see under

- means

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