meanly

1
[ meen-lee ]
/ ˈmin li /

adverb

in a poor, lowly, or humble manner.
in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner.
in a stingy or miserly manner.

Nearby words

  1. meaningful,
  2. meaningful relationship,
  3. meaningfully,
  4. meaningless,
  5. meaningly,
  6. meanness,
  7. means,
  8. means grass,
  9. means of production,
  10. means test

Origin of meanly

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

meanly

2
[ meen-lee ]
/ ˈmin li /

adverb Obsolete.

Origin of meanly

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

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Word Origin and History for meanly

meanly

adv.

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

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