- what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import: the three meanings of a word.
- the end, purpose, or significance of something: What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of this intrusion?
- the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
- linguistic content (opposed to expression).
- intentioned (usually used in combination): She's a well-meaning person.
- full of significance; expressive: a meaning look.
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Historical Examples of meaningly
"There is danger for you in that land of Spaniards, if ever we get yonder," said Peter meaningly.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
“A man does not go in the dark to look for a trail,” said Padre Andreas meaningly.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
“I wonder,” said Alice; “perhaps he has discovered–––” She broke off meaningly.The Hound From The North
"You were more fastidious once, if my memory serves me aright," said he, meaningly.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
"I've come to a man's estate since we met last," I said meaningly.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- the sense or significance of a word, sentence, symbol, etc; import; semantic or lexical content
- the purpose underlying or intended by speech, action, etc
- the inner, symbolic, or true interpretation, value, or messagethe meaning of a dream
- valid content; efficacya law with little or no meaning
- the sense of an expression; its connotation
- the reference of an expression; its denotation. In recent philosophical writings meaning can be used in both the above sensesSee also sense (def. 12)
- expressive of some sense, intention, criticism, etca meaning look
"sense, import, intent," c.1300, from mean (v.).