meanly

1
[meen-lee]
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adverb
  1. in a poor, lowly, or humble manner.
  2. in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner.
  3. in a stingy or miserly manner.

Origin of meanly

1
First recorded in 1350–1400, meanly is from the Middle English word meneli. See mean2, -ly

meanly

2
[meen-lee]
adverb Obsolete.
  1. moderately.

Origin of meanly

2
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mean3, -ly
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Related Words for meanly

miserly, poorly, selfishly

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Word Origin and History for meanly
adv.

1580s, "indifferently;" 1590s, "basely;" c.1600, "illiberally;" from mean (adj.1) + -ly (2).

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